Most Louisiana residents approve of Medicaid expansion, according to an LSU survey. Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, Dr. Michael Henderson says 72 percent of respondents for the 2017 Louisiana Survey approve of the expansion. He says the approval rating for the Affordable Care Act has increased over the past few years.
“Today, the share of people who have an unfavorable opinion is about 10 points higher than the share that have a favorable opinion, but three years ago that gap was closer to 30 points. So it’s becoming more favorable,” Henderson said.
Henderson says they’re seeing a similar trend nationwide. He says it could be because former-President Obama has left office and people no longer attach their feelings towards him to the law. But he suspects it has more to do with people learning more about the ACA.
“A lot of the provisions are popular, but people don’t always know those provisions are in the ACA, and so as people are learning more of that when the ACA has been threatened by potential repeal, their opinions have improved,” Henderson said.
The survey finds only 42 percent of voters approve of the Affordable Care Act. Henderson says people also may not realize that Medicaid expansion is a provision of the ACA. But he suspects the 51 percent unfavorable view has more to do with politics.
“People are thinking about a host of other things, other topics when they’re thinking about the Affordable Care Act. Some of that might be other provisions, but a lot of it is probably politics. We see very large partisan gaps on opinions of the ACA,” Henderson said.
According to the survey, 76 percent of Democrats have a favorable view of Obamacare, while 80 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable view.