A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll released today affirms that a large majority of Americans support early provisions included in the health care reform act that will take effect this year. While there remains some confusion about the new law, there is little question that support for many of the law’s critical provisions is widespread and bipartisan—with at least two-thirds of Republicans and Independents holding favorable views on many of these provisions.

From the poll, regarding support for some of the provisions going into effect early:

  • Nearly 9 in 10 Americans favor providing tax credits to small businesses that want to provide coverage for their workers.
  • Roughly 8 in 10 Americans have favorable views of provisions that would:
    • offer access to basic preventive care with no copayments;
    • provide financial help to seniors who hit the gap in Medicare drug coverage known as the “donut hole;” and
    • end insurance companies’ practice of dropping coverage if a person has a major health problem.
  • 74 percent are in favor of allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until their 26th birthday.
  • 71 percent approve of prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to children based on pre-existing medical conditions.

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