Americans Across the Political Spectrum Agree: Cutting, Capping and Restructuring Medicaid is a Bad Idea

Monday, June 19, 2017

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Americans Across the Political Spectrum Agree:
Cutting, Capping and Restructuring Medicaid is a Bad Idea
 
WASHINGTON—Today Lutheran Services in America released new research that demonstrates that the vast majority of Americans oppose the proposed changes to Medicaid outlined in the American Health Care Act (AHCA). 
 
The survey, conducted by Brunswick Partners, found that 75 percent of Americans agree that the proposed changes to Medicaid in the AHCA are a bad idea. And that we should not allow 14 million Americans to become uninsured even if there is a potential to reduce Medicaid spending. These results are significant because they find majorities of Americans identifying as conservatives (55 percent), moderates (82 percent) and liberals (90 percent) are opposed to the AHCA’s Medicaid provisions. 
 
Further, the survey finds that 70 percent of Americans believe that Medicaid has been good for the country (65 percent of conservatives, 68 percent of moderates and 81 percent of liberals). While 74 percent of Americans believe that cutting Medicaid funding should NOT be a top priority for Congress in 2017 (62 percent of conservatives, 79 percent of moderates and 82 percent of liberals). 
 
“This research demonstrates that Americans across the political spectrum value the critical role that Medicaid plays in caring for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Charlotte Haberaecker, President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America. “Whether conservative, moderate or liberal, Americans support retaining the Medicaid benefits that seniors, children and people with disabilities rely on and oppose proposals to cut or cap the program.” 
 
The survey also found strong support for preserving benefits for the most vulnerable Americans:
 
77 percent of Americans believe that seniors in nursing homes or those who receive home care should be able to keep Medicaid benefits (74 percent of conservatives, 75 percent of moderates and 86 percent of liberals);
85 percent of Americans believe that people with disabilities should be able to keep Medicaid benefits (83 percent of conservatives, 83 percent of moderates and 89 percent of liberals); and
80 percent of Americans believe that children should be able to keep Medicaid benefits (78 percent of conservatives, 77 percent of moderates and 87 percent of liberals).
 
“Two-thirds of seniors in nursing homes, 39 percent of American children and over 10 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid for health care and long term services and supports—this research demonstrates that Americans across the political spectrum support preserving Medicaid benefits for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Haberaecker. “Senators considering changes to the Medicaid program should review the results of this research carefully as it demonstrates strong opposition across the board to the drastic cuts, caps and restructuring of the program in the House-passed AHCA.”
 
The survey was administered online between May 30 and June 5, 2017 among a national representative sample consisting of 1,000 US respondents, 18 years of age and over. The data were weighted to targets based on census/industry accepted data, such as age, gender, region and ethnicity. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.10 percentage points at 95 percent level of confidence.
 
View survey tables here.
 
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Lutheran Services in America is the national network of Lutheran social ministry organizations—connecting over 300 health and human services nonprofit service providers located throughout the country. With over $21 billion in annual revenue and over 250,000 employees, Lutheran Services in America is one of largest nonprofit organizations in the United States. Together the network lifts up the nation’s most vulnerable people from children to seniors—making a difference in the lives of one in 50 Americans every year.
 

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