Ball State study shows Hoosiers liking Obamacare, or at least parts

Vanessa Renderman, at the Northwest Indiana Times:

In 2010, 48 percent of Indiana residents expressed an unfavorable view of the act, also known as Obamacare, compared to 51 percent in 2011 and 42 percent in 2012, according to a study out of Ball State University.

“Health Care Reform: Understanding Individuals’ Attitudes and Information Sources,” published by BioMed Research International, surveyed 600 people between 2010 and 2012 and found 44 percent of residents were in favor of health care reform in 2012, compared to 36 percent in 2010, according to the university.

“Overall, from 2010 to 2012, despite a general negative attitude toward the ACA, the majority of Indiana residents consistently support key elements of the legislation,” the study states.

The study performed by Carolyn Shue and her team at Ball State University shows Hoosiers, like most others, strongly support parts of the ACA. Affordable coverage for everyone, not eliminating people from insurance rolls for pre-existing conditions, providing coverage for children up to age 26, and the individual mandate are all strongly supported.

Two other interesting notes, however:

Researchers on the Ball State study learned that Hoosiers who relied on national news for health care reform information had more favorable views toward the legislation than those who didn’t.

Shue said the study also examined health care usage data, which includes emergency room visits, inpatient stays, outpatient procedures and other points of contact with the health care system.

“We do have this preconceived notion that people who don’t have insurance just use the ER for access to care,” she said.

The study saw no difference. It also showed insured people are more likely to visit a primary care doctor and those without were less likely.

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