Two-thirds of Massachusetts residents who have heard of the new health care law support it, according to a new survey from Kaiser Family Foundation, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.
â€œGiven reports of sticker shock and ongoing debate about the law, we might have expected overall support to fall, but in fact, support is widespread and has gone up,â€ said Kaiser President and CEO Drew E. Altman, Ph.D. â€œIf Massachusetts succeeds, it will have a big impact on the momentum for national health reform.â€
Residents who support the law mainly say it is because they believe â€œit is the right thing to doâ€ (90% of those who support say this is a major reason) and because they believe broader coverage will keep costs down by providing more incentives for preventive care (79%). Among the small group of residents who oppose the law, most say people shouldnâ€™t be required to buy insurance if they canâ€™t afford it (72%) or if they donâ€™t want it (61%).
That strong public support comes at least partly from how well various constituencies have worked together on implementation. Success isn’t a slam dunk, but Massachusetts is doing a better job on health care reform than other states.June 28, 2007