Another "Crap" Poll: New Jerseyans Support Affordable Care Act

Earlier this week, Governor Christie crudely referred to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll as "crap." The poll revealed 47% of respondents say it is time for someone new as governor while 44 percent would re-elect him. That was  not to his liking. Now another Rutgers-Eagleton poll indicates:

  •  57% support the US Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while 37% feel it should be struck down.

  •  57% support NJ participating in the ACA's Medicaid expansion program which would increase the number of people covered by Medicaid, while 35% oppose the expansion.

  • 69% say Medicare should continue as is, while 25% say Medicare should be changed to a system where the federal government gives seniors a fixed amount of money [vouchers] to buy their own health insurance.

    Once again another poll which does not jibe with Christie's thinking, so one can only imagine what choice word he will use to describe it.

    Nonetheless, this is serious stuff. The opinion of New Jerseyans on these three matters is quite clear.

  • Regarding ACA, Christie must respond to a November 16 federal deadline indicating NJ will set up a Health Exchange, to which he does not seem predisposed. He should also sign off on the revised S2135 implementation bill which the Senate passed and is awaiting passage in the Assembly. As Senator Nia Gill (D-Montclair) says, "For the uninsured and underinsured the exchange is their lifeline to financial stability and to receiving quality care."

  • Regarding Medicaid, yesterday Senate Democrat leadership urged Christie to take advantage of the opportunity to extend health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of the uninsured by accepting the offer from the federal government to expand the Medicaid program. Almost all of the costs for a number of years would be paid for by the federal government. For more on the huge beneficial impact on New Jersey, read this NJ Policy Perspective report.

  • Regarding the Ryan Republican voucher plan for Medicare, Christie is welcome to support it. As a governor he has little or no influence on this federal program. Given the overwhelming results in the above poll, his support for the Republican plan would only hurt his chances of re-election as governor.  

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