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Many Hoosiers support the ideas in the Affordable Care Act, but who pays for it is a major deciding factor in overall support for the law, according to a survey from The Indiana Minority Health Coalition and Purdue University released Monday.
Both organizations say they wanted to gain insight into public opinion despite heavy politics surrounding the issue. They asked a cross section of more than 500 Hoosiers ten questions about health care and health insurance by telephone or online.
In response to one question, 68 percent say they favor health insurers covering anyone despite pre-existing medical conditions. In response to another, 43 percent supported government payments of health insurance for the poor, but 40 percent oppose it.
Also, 51 percent support health insurance subsidies for those who are struggling to pay as compared to 30 percent who do not like the policy.
Indiana Minority Health Coalition President Nancy Jewell says it’s clear people agree with the concept of providing health insurance to everyone is important but how to get to there is a real sticking point.
“Nobody wants to pay for it,” she says. “So everybody thinks it‘s important to have, but who pays for it is the story.”
Indiana was one of the earliest states to adopt some aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Officials say results of the survey, called the Indiana Health Reform Public Opinion Project, were gathered around the time the measure was under consideration and later upheld in the U.S. Supreme Court.