According to the statewide survey, half of California’s voters say they are paying more for health care this year than they did last year. 41 percent say they’re paying about the same, and 5 percent say their costs declined. Half of those surveyed also describe their health care costs as being “difficult to afford.” That was especially true for uninsured voters, low-income residents, people insured through Medi-Cal or the individual market and families with children.
According to the Field Poll, 81 percent of voters say Medicare is important to them and their families, while 58 percent said the same about Medi-Cal, the state’s low-income health care program. The survey also asked whether Medicare is achieving its goals, and found that eight in ten Californians think the program is successful.
The new Field Poll is the first in a series ahead of the full implementation of the Federal Affordable Care Act. It was funded by the California Wellness Foundation.