UVa Today: Eric Patashink

June19, 2013

On this edition of UVa Today Bob Beard talks with Eric Patashink, a UVa professor of public policy and politics.

Patashink has been researching what the general public thinks about possible issues in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called "Obamacare", as well as who does the public trust on the issues.

The UVa professor notes that political party affiliation can sway how someone feels about ACA; if you're a Republican and Republican lawmakers are for something, then you're more likely to agree. The same goes for Democrats.

Patashink's study notes that doctors don't hold the same level of esteem as they used to, they are still the most trusted viewpoint on the ACA. However, the public is generally nervous about changes in the healthcare system.

The study found that if participants were told that doctors were for a certain aspect of ACA, then they too would view it much more favorably.
Conversely, if told doctors were against something, then support would fall significantly among participants in the study.

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