Californians more worried about health costs than about whether they’re insured: L.A. Times

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Summary: “Six years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the health reform law has gained acceptance from a majority of California voters, but the cost of getting healthcare remains a major concern, eclipsing worries about having insurance, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll,” David Lauter writes in The Los Angeles Times. “The widespread worry about costs indicates a potential shift in the debate over healthcare, at least in this heavily Democratic state. … Cost concerns were most widespread among those in their 50s and early 60s. Indeed, that age group consistently showed the highest levels of anxiety on a series of healthcare concerns. By contrast, those over age 65, most of whom are covered by Medicare, were the least likely to express worry about healthcare issues. … Just over half of those surveyed said they believed that costs for average Americans have ‘gone up a lot’ because of the law, compared with roughly one-third who said that the law had not caused that to happen.” David Lauter, “California voters are becoming more concerned about healthcare costs than about whether they have insurance,” The Los Angeles Times.