New Survey Shows Mixed Opinions on Affordable Care Act

New Survey Shows Mixed Opinions on Affordable Care Act

Eligible Pennsylvanians asked if they've signed up or plan to.

HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY - A new survey by Franklin & Marshall College released Thursday morning covers a number of political topics. Among them-- the Affordable Care Act.

Coverage doesn't actually begin until Jan. 1, 2014, but public opinion still seems to be mixed.

About a dozen supporters of the plan-- sometimes called "Obamacare"-- visited the office of Rep. Bill Shuster (R - 9th District) in Hollidaysburg Thursday.

Ashton Romano was among those who went to urge him to drop his opposition to the Affordable Care Act. The 24-year-old from Altoona and her 36-month-old son are on her mother's insurance.

"The core of the Affordable Care Act is positive to many people," said Romano, and without it, they'd struggle to get coverage.

Romano's mother, Starr, said her daughter will "have an opportunity in the future to purchase her own insurance when she's no longer eligible for mine."

Congressman Shuster was in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. But, he did issue this statement to us:

"I will never stop opposing this onerous and burdensome law that is hurting hard working families and businesses in the 9th District. Over the course of the rollout we have seen numerous issues with Obamacare. People are losing the health care coverage that they like and pay for, despite the president's numerous promises that they could keep their plans. This troublesome law must be repealed."

Healthcare worker Matthew Miller from Altoona also went to the congressman's office.

"Politically, he's going to stick with party lines. But instead of party lines, he should think actually about what everybody needs," said Miller.

The Franklin & Marshall College Poll surveyed nearly 120 Pennsylvanians who are eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Of those, only 13 percent said they've signed up or attempted to. Of those who haven't, only 20 percent plan to sign up, 71 percent said they don't, and nine percent said they don't know.

However, out of nearly 630 people asked, half said the Affordable Care Act should not be repealed, 40 percent said it should, and 10 percent said they don't know.

The most recent push from Republicans on Capitol Hill is to delay the mandate that all Americans have health insurance in 2014, partially because of the website problems.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress at a hearing Wednesday that healthcare.gov will be fixed by December.

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