What We're Reading: ACA Repeal Misconception; ACA Enrollment Status; Zika Vaccine Trial
Poll Finds Misconception that ACA Is Repealed
A new poll has found that one-third of Americans believe that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been repealed. According to Vox
, the poll results may reflect buzz around the GOP tax bill, which eliminated the ACA’s individual mandate. Among Republican voters, 44% said President Donald Trump repealed the ACA. Among all respondents, 31% said he repealed the ACA.
Trump Supporters Sign Up for ACA
An analysis of enrollment figures for the ACA found that more than 4 in 5 of those who signed up for ACA coverage were from states that carried Trump to his White House victory. According to CBS News
, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia had the highest number of sign-ups, with nearly 3.9 million customers. Of the 11 states with higher enrollment numbers compared with the previous year, 8 were states that voted for Trump.
Zika Trial Results
A phase 1 and a phase 2 study both found that 2 different Zika vaccines were safe and well tolerated. One vaccine had 3 delivery methods tested: single-dose needle and syringe; split-dose needle and syringe; and split-dose needle-free injection. Infectious Disease Advisor reported
that while both vaccines were safe and well-tolerated, the split-dose needle-free group saw the greatest effects.