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WebMD Survey: Sharp Split Over Health Care Ruling

Court’s Ruling on Health Reform Divides Consumers and Doctors Alike

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The majority of respondents were parents, and 62% had children who were older than age 17.

When asked if they supported the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act:

  • 40% said yes.
  • 36% said no. Men were more likely to say they disagreed with the decision.
  • 23% indicated they weren't sure. Women were more likely to say they felt unsure.
  • 1% said they didn't care.

When asked how the Supreme Court's decision would impact them:

  • 36% said they were worried their health care costs would rise.
  • 32%, overall, said they didn't know how they would be affected. But more than 36% of adults under 35 said they didn't know what the personal impacts of the law would be.
  • 24% said they would not be impacted.
  • 8% said they were worried about losing health care benefits promised by the law.

When asked what should happen next with health reform:

  • 19% said the entire law should be repealed, with stronger support for this option among men and adults over age 35.
  • 18% said only parts of the law should be repealed.
  • 12% said the law should stand as it is.
  • 28% supported a Medicare-type health plan for people of all ages.
  • 23%, overall, said they didn't know what the next steps should be. But more than 30% of adults younger than 35 said they felt uncertain about what should happen next.

Doctors as Divided as Patients Over Supreme Court ACA Decision

Do doctors feel the same way as their patients? Medscape/WebMD asked. More than 3,000 doctors responded.

The result: As did patients, doctors split right down the middle. Just over 49% approved of the Supreme Court's decision on the ACA. Just under 49% disapproved.

Even so, only 1 in 5 doctors believed the decision would lead to improved patient care. The rest said they didn't know or that it didn't apply to them.

Primary care doctors were most opposed to the decision, with 55.5% disapproving and 41.1% approving. Internists were the most in favor, with about 60% approving and 37.7% disapproving.

Some 34% of doctors would prefer a single-payer system. More than 25% of doctors said the health system could be improved by making it more market driven, and 24% of doctors think government should completely stay out of health care.

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