Poll: Republicans most worried about switching to O-Care exchanges

Most workers are worried their employers will shift them over to health plans under the ObamaCare exchanges leading to worse coverage, but the concern is highest with Republicans.

A new analysis by Morning Consult found that 72 percent of Republicans are concerned they will be pushed to a health plan under the new exchanges versus 60 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents who feel the same. 

“Across all parties, respondents believe that the shift to health insurance exchanges will have a negative impact on the quality of health coverage,” says the report. 

Earlier this summer, the Morning Consult released findings of a study that found 63 percent of workers worried their bosses would switch them to the federal marketplaces. The new analysis goes further, breaking down the data by party affiliation.

Proponents of the Affordable Care Act have argued the switch would be good for workers, giving them more freedom to change jobs without fear of losing healthcare coverage. But opponents of the law say it will mean worse coverage for workers.

Recent research has shown employers are likely to begin shifting workers to the ObamaCare exchanges to save them hundreds of billions of dollars. 

Only 27 percent of Democrats, 11 percent of Republicans and seven percent of independents say the shift would have a positive effect on their current healthcare coverage.

Whereas 43 percent of Democrats and 39 percent of independents don’t think it will have any impact, 41 percent of Republicans say it will have a “very negative” impact on the quality of their coverage. 

Sixty-two percent of Republicans say they would seriously consider switching jobs if their employer shifted them to the exchanges, as do 52 percent of independents. Only 42 percent of Democrats say they would consider doing so as well.