While there’s a split among Americans about support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new poll conducted by Morning Consult found 58 percent believe health exchanges – whether they are state- or federally-run – should provide subsidies. Fifteen percent of those polled are opposed to subsidies and 27 percent did not offer an opinion.
The ongoing availability of the premium subsidies through the federal health exchange is likely to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, following contradictory rulings in July from courts in Washington, DC and Virginia.
Those participating in the August survey of 1,800 registered voters also were asked about confusion over language in the original legislation concerning how the subsidies would work (and whether they apply to the federal exchange as well as state-run exchanges). Twenty-two percent of respondents said they thought it was a drafting error (to not apply the subsidies to all eligible exchange participants), while 25 percent said Congress intended to limit subsidies (to state exchanges), and 54 percent said they had no opinion or did not know.
Morning Consult found a partisan split on the question, with 39 percent of liberals saying the language (limiting the subsidies) was a drafting error, as compared to 15 percent of conservatives.