Survey: How doctors feel about Obamacare depends on their political affiliations

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If you think your own opinions on the Affordable Care Act will be better informed if you check with how health-care professionals feel about the matter, think again.

Those folks are at least as sharply divided on the issue as everyone else.

That’s the principal finding of THIS POLL:

When it comes to health care politics, it looks like doctors and nurses are just as partisan as the rest of us. A survey released Thursday found that as a whole, primary-care providers are slightly more likely to view the Affordable Care Act unfavorably than favorably, but breaking the group down by political affiliation reveals a sharp divide between Republicans and Democrats.

While 52 percent of all primary-care physicians viewed the law unfavorably, the vast majority of Republicans, 87 percent, had a negative opinion of it, compared with just 12 percent of Democrats.

The survey, conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund, also found that despite negative perceptions of the law itself, doctors are less negative on its effect on their ability to provide quality care, with 59 percent saying the quality this year is as good as it was before the ACA. The rest of the respondents were split equally between those who thought that ability had gotten worse and those who thought it had improved. Doctors who’d taken on additional Medicaid or newly insured patients in the year since the expansion took effect were slightly more likely to think the quality of care they were providing had improved.