Study: Public Backs Medicaid
A surprising new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) reveals that Medicaid, often characterized as Pac Man gobbling up state budgets, enjoys widespread support from Americans across party lines who do not want to see the program cut to help balance state budgets.
"We expected Medicaid to be relatively unpopular with the public, much like welfare was," said Mollyann Brodie, KFF media research director. "But we found that Medicaid ranks closer to popular programs like Medicare and Social security in the public's mind."
A majority of respondents in the poll (56%) reported having some contact with Medicaid; 16% had been enrolled themselves at one time, and 40% knew a friend or family member who had fallen back on the safety-net program for assistance. Furthermore, an overwhelming 78% of survey participants said they would be willing to enroll in Medicaid if the need arose.
Three-quarters (74%) of U.S. adults surveyed said Medicaid is a very important government program, "ranking it close to Social security (88%) and Medicare (83%) in the public's mind, equal to federal aid to public schools (74%), and above defense and military spending (57%)," according to a KFF summary of the findings. …