Poll: Californians fear losing coverage in Obamacare reform

As the Republican-led U.S. Senate prepares to vote — possibly by next week — to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a new poll shows that 56 percent of Californians worry that they or someone in their family will lose health insurance coverage if the law, commonly called Obamacare, is dismantled.

The poll, by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, comes at a time when a record number of Golden State residents — 65 percent — now support the Affordable Care Act, said Mark DiCamillo, who directs the Berkeley IGS poll.

“The breadth of the people who are worried about losing their coverage is quite revealing,’’ said DiCamillo. “It says that even people who are not directly affected by the ACA — for example, people covered through Medicare or other types of coverage — are fearful that somehow their coverage might be’’ impacted.

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