Dear David Lifferth,
Medicaid expansion has clearly been a big issue in the Legislature, but what are Utah’s voters thinking about the subject?
In late September, the Foundation for Government Accountability commissioned a poll of 879 Utah voters, asking them a variety of questions on ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. The results were telling, although not unexpected, and I wanted to pass the results on to you.
The big takeaway is this: Support for ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion is dropping dramatically.
Just 29% of Utah voters say they support ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. Nearly half of all Utah voters oppose Medicaid expansion – along with more than 2/3 of Utah Republicans, and more than half of Utah Independents.
Our poll shows that Utahns oppose Medicaid expansion taxes – in pretty big numbers.
69% of all Utah voters oppose new taxes on medical providers to pay for ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. Predictably, 84% of Utah Republicans and 68% of Utah Independents oppose these taxes. But this will surprise you --- 37% of Utah Democrats also oppose the plan.
We also learned that the more Utahns learn about ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, they less they like it.
Utah voters were very clear on what they liked least about ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. 71% of all Utah voters – along with 86% of Utah Republicans, 69% of Utah Independents, and a 42% of Utah Democrats – say they were less likely to support Medicaid expansion once they knew the plan was being negotiated behind closed doors. Some other interesting findings:
- 64% of Utah voters say they’re less likely to support expansion if they knew provider taxes would lead to increased costs for doctor visits or hospital stays.
- 64% of Utah voters say they’re less likely to support expansion if they knew it was an open, unlimited financial commitment that could lead to tax hikes and program cuts.
Finally, Utahns told us they’re less likely to re-elect lawmakers that support Medicaid expansion.
56% of Utah voters were less likely to re-elect Governor Herbert in 2016 if he raised taxes or fees in order to expand Medicaid. And 62% of Utah voters were less likely to re-elect their own state legislator if they raised taxes or fees in order to expand Medicaid.
For more on the FGA poll, visit here.