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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Trump Voters
Like Many Provisions of Affordable Care Act


While the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is already under way, repeal could prove to be complicated. According to the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, conducted a few days after the November 8 election, many provisions of the law are quite popular with voters—including large numbers who reported having voted for Trump. The poll found that a majority of Trump voters have a favorable opinion of the following elements of the ACA:


[Source: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, November 2016, Figure 12]

What if voters are reluctant to give up the benefits they like? An obvious solution for Republican lawmakers might appear to be a partial repeal of the ACA, retaining some of the most popular features. The Kaiser poll did find "a slight uptick" in the number of Americans who want Congress to scale back the law, rather than repeal it. But as health policy experts have pointed out, the various provisions of the ACA are interconnected; keeping some and jettisoning others would be extremely difficult and could destabilize the insurance market and the healthcare system.



New Infographic from NIA

Tips for Caregiver Health and Well-Being


Workers who provide supports and services to older adults and people with disabilities know that teaming up with and supporting clients' family caregivers frequently comes with the job. A new resource from the National Institute on Aging is now available to encourage caregivers to attend to their own well-being as an important step in taking care of another.

Make Yourself a Priority, Too: Tips for Caregivers is a concise and appealing infographic that presents simple actions for better health and well-being. The infographic can be posted on Twitter or Facebook or used as a hand-out or as part of an e-mail to clients and families.

Some 15 million family members and others currently provide unpaid care to an older adult. Caregivers who provide substantial care are more likely than non-caregivers to experience behavioral and physical health problems, the NIA reports. Small steps that keep caregivers healthy make a positive difference for everyone.

Sample Tweet

Read and share this #infographic from the National Institute on Aging—quick facts and five tips for #caregivers: http://bit.ly/2eJ6cLl





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Copyright © 2017 Trustees of Boston University. All rights reserved. This article may not be duplicated or distributed in any form without written permission from the publisher: Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research, Boston University School of Social Work, 264 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215, U.S.A.; e-mail: cader@bu.edu.