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Most Americans View Access to Health Care as a Moral Issue: HealthDay/Harris Poll

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TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An overwhelming majority of Americans believes that access to health care is a moral issue, and that the United States should be able to afford universal health care if other developed nations can do the same.

But after that, Americans are still deeply divided over many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more than five years after President Barack Obama signed the controversial health-reform legislation into law, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll found.

"Many supporters of the ACA believed that it would become more popular -- like Medicare and Medicaid -- when it enabled many more people who previously did not have health insurance to get it. That has not happened," said Humphrey Taylor, chairman emeritus of The Harris Poll.

The law, championed by Obama and often called Obamacare, continues to be popular with most Democrats and unpopular with most Republicans.

The poll found that public opinion regarding Obamacare remains as polarized as ever, with 33 percent of adults wanting to repeal it, 30 percent wanting to keep some parts of it and change others, and 26 percent wanting to keep it as is.

On the other hand, a substantial 49 percent of the public supports the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June that insurance subsidies provided under the ACA are legal, although much of that support comes from Democrats.

However, noting cost, 52 percent of Americans think it's an individual's personal responsibility to figure out how to obtain health insurance.

The poll was conducted online, in English, within the United States between Aug. 12-17 among 2,212 adults aged 18 and older.

The complete findings of the newest joint HealthDay/Harris Poll are available here. HealthDay's news report is available here. Full data on the poll and its methodology are available at Harris Poll.

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