Attempting to Measure Early Impact of the ACA through National Public Opinion Polls

October 1, 2013, was a landmark date for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with the start of open enrollment in the law’s Health Insurance Marketplaces and the growth of Medicaid enrollment in some states. … In the long run, data from large federal surveys will be available to help answer questions about the enrollment experience, but in the short term, some may turn to national public opinion polls to see what can be learned.

In this Data Note, we raise a note of caution about the possible pitfalls of using standard national public opinion polls to make judgments about Americans’ early experiences with health plan enrollment under the ACA. CONT.

Kaiser Family Foundation