In the age of deeply polarized politics, it’s hard to find astatement nearly everyone agrees on. But the American College ofEmergency Physicians got about as close to that as possible in arecent survey it commissioned on health insurance.

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Ninety-five percent of Americans, the organization reports, believe insuranceshould cover emergency medical care. The poll was conducted byMorning Consult.

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An overwhelming majority (83 percent) similarly believe insurersshould pick up the tab if a patient goes to the ER because theybelieve they are suffering from a heart attack, even if it later isdiscovered to be a panic attack.

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The ACEP conducted the poll as part of its ongoing advocacy insupport of maintaining what it views as key patient protections inthe Affordable Care Act. It and other medical groups have come outstrongly against the health care plan being pushed by PresidentTrump and Republican leadership in Congress that would repeal theACA, replacing it with a system of tax credits based on a person’sage.

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"Provisions currently in the ACA that directly benefit emergencypatients must be protected," says group president Rebecca Parker ina statement. "Patients can't choose where and when they will needemergency care and they shouldn't be punished financially forhaving emergencies."

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There is evidence the ACA, by boosting insurance rates, helpedto reduce the amount of uncompensated care delivered by hospitals,particularly in the emergency room.

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Related: Post-ACA uptick in ER visits cited by twostudies

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However, the ACEP has also argued that many ACA beneficiaries’insurance plans were insufficient due to high deductibles andnarrow networks. A survey of its members in 2015 showed that ahigh percentage of ER doctors reported receiving insured patientsfor non-emergency visits because the patient could not find or payfor a nearby primary care physician or specialist included in theirinsurance network.

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Indeed, its most recent poll shows that 35 percent ofrespondents say they have been to the ER because they were unableto get an appointment with a doctor.

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"Health insurers have been taking gross advantage of patientsand medical providers since the Affordable Care Act took effect,arbitrarily slashing reimbursements to physicians by as much as 70percent,” said then-president Jay Kaplan at the time. “Patients andphysicians should band together to fight these dangerous insuranceindustry practices."

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