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Pulling It Together: A Public Opinion Surprise – Kaiser Family Foundation

Pulling It Together: A Public Opinion Surprise – Kaiser Family Foundation.

“If you listen to the inside debate you would think Medicaid is America’s most unpopular program. Conservatives don’t like Medicaid on ideological grounds; it’s a government entitlement program.  Providers complain about the program’s reimbursement rates.  And liberals have long complained about the program’s limitations, especially the gaps in whom Medicaid covers and the large variations in coverage among states.  With its joint federal-state financing and welfare-linked heritage, Medicaid is treated as fundamentally different than the two other big entitlement programs — Social Security and Medicare — and thought to have dramatically less public support.
 
It was against this background that one of our recent polls produced a real surprise. It turns out that the insider’s view of Medicaid is not the public’s view at all.  While not viewed as favorably as Social Security or Medicare, Medicaid is actually surprisingly popular with the American people, and they resist the idea of making big cuts to the program.”

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