A new poll finds 60 percent of Georgians disagree with the state’s decision not to expand the state’s Medicaid program, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.
The health reform law overall, though, fares less well in popularity. According to the survey, conducted by the Schapiro Group in August and sponsored by Healthcare Georgia Foundation, 42 percent of Georgians approve of the ACA and 46 percent disapprove.
The survey also found that the cost of care continues to be an important factor in whether consumers receive health care. Forty-two percent of Georgians said they wanted to seek care at some point, but chose not to do so, up from 33 percent the year before. Cost was the most cited reason for that decision.
And 40 percent of the 400 respondents said they think they have paid more for care over the past year.
“As the troubling trend of increased health care costs continues, Georgians who cannot afford health insurance are simply unable to seek or choosing not to seek the medical care they need,” said Gary Nelson, president of Healthcare Georgia Foundation. full story