Chronic Disease Patients Less Likely to Want Obamacare Repealed, Survey Finds

Chronic Disease Patients Less Likely to Want Obamacare Repealed, Survey Finds
Well over half of the respondents in a survey assessing patient priorities for a new healthcare law say the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as Obamacare — has helped people living with fibromyalgia and other chronic diseases. PatientsLikeMe carried out the large-scale poll in late January, against the backdrop of the new Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress, both of which have pledged to dismantle Obamacare. The survey polled 2,197 respondents among an estimated 133 million Americans living with chronic health conditions. Sally Okun, vice-president of advocacy, policy and patient safety at the Massachusetts-based patient network and research platform, said the poll aims to provide a voice to those likely to be most heavily affected by changes to the ACA. “Regardless of your political leaning, the great equalizer is that we’ll all become sick one day," Okun said in a press release. "At this time of uncertainty about the future of healthcare, listening to the voice of patients today will illuminate the path forward for all of us.” Among the poll's key findings: • 57 percent of respondents believe the ACA has helped people with chronic diseases. • 46 percent think the ACA only needs minor changes to be improved. • In the last year, the respondents' out-of-pocket healthcare expenses have either remained the same (47%) or increased (43%). • Lowering healthcare costs is a priority for both chronic disease patients and the general public, which was surveyed in a  
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