Reader Poll: Premium Increases is Strongest Argument Against ACA

Reader Poll ACA vs ACHAOur readers have spoken, a narrow plurality of voters say the premium increases under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the strongest argument in Pennsylvania in the debate between the ACA and the American Health Care Act (AHCA)

19% of the 1,229 votes chose the premium increases under the ACA.  ACHA is Obamacare-lite was a close second with 18% of votes, and seniors will to pay more under the AHCA was a close third with 17%.  

Insurers are abandoning the ACA marketplace got 16%, Part-time workers have seen their hours reduced under the ACA got 15%, The CBO estimates 24 million would lose coverage under the AHCA got 12%, The rich would get the biggest tax breaks from AHCA got 2%, and ACA is not worthwhile without a public option received 1%.  

In the healthcare debate, which attack will have the most traction in PA?


  • Premiums have increased significantly under the ACA (19%)
  • ACHA is Obamacare-lite (18%)
  • Seniors will to pay more under the AHCA (17%)
  • Insurers are abandoning the ACA marketplace (16%)
  • Part-time workers have seen their hours reduced under the ACA (15%)
  • The CBO estimates 24 million would lose coverage under the AHCA (12%)
  • The rich would get the biggest tax breaks from AHCA (2%)
  • ACA is not worthwhile without a public option (1%)

Total Voters: 1,229

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5 Responses

  1. Observer: It was probably the bots voting. I’m sure Russia has Politics PA on its radar. But yeah, lots of ignorance in PA, especially the GOP legislature.

  2. Three cheers for Tom Balya and John. There are still some intelligent people commenting here.

  3. I agree with John. Does everyone forget that health care costs were rising at five times the rate of inflation from the early 1980’s until the ACA became law. The ACA was an effort to get affordable coverage to the working poor and to prohibit some of the more cruel actions of insurers. Like so many other issues this one is about greed and selfishness because if it wasn’t we’d have a single payer system like EVERY OTHER developed nation on Earth.

  4. Premiums under the ACA have increased less than they did before the ACA. If you think that Trumpcare, will improve that picture, I hope you’re not 55-64 years old and buying a policy on he individual market.Unless significant changes to the original iteration, your premiums are going to rise enormously. And the fact that PA respondents care so little about millions losing healthcare coverage explains how someone like Trump could be elected.

  5. It’s a sign of Pennsylvania’s widespread and increasing ignorance problem, that a myth – “part-time workers saw their hours reduced” – actually got 15% of this vote. Anyone who watches labor statistics knows it’s not true, but I guess that is too much work for lazy Pennsylvania voters. Ignorant, and also heartless: tens of millions losing healthcare insurance barely registers on their radar. What a state!

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