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Democrats more likely to have positive views on healthcare

Posted On Thu, November 18, 2010

Only 5 percent of people are very knowledgeable about changes coming to the healthcare system, according to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Furthermore, 46 percent of those with a consumer-driven health insurance plan indicated they felt reform was a bad thing, compared to 37 percent of those with traditional coverage.

EBRI Health Research and Education Program director Paul Fronstin says more can be derived from the study.

"The survey also reveals that people with consumer-driven and high-deductible health plans are more Republican and more skeptical about the law than are traditional plan enrollees, who tend to be more Democratic and less skeptical."

There are multiple places consumers can turn to educate themselves on the various provisions of the new law and how it will impact their premiums and care. Earlier this year, the government launched a website, healthcare.gov, which outlines changes and plans.

Many people look towards Massachusetts as a harbinger of what is to come to healthcare nationwide. The state was the first to make health insurance mandatory.

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