Most young people say, the government should pay……for health care that is. According to a new GenForward poll, a majority of people ages 18-to-30 believe the federal government should be responsible for making sure Americans have health insurance.
Those feelings cut across racial lines and include most whites, who formed the base of Trump’s political support in the presidential election.
“I do believe the government should offer it because we pay taxes,” said Rachel Haney, 27, of Tempe, Arizona. “I do feel like it’s a right.”
The Associated Press infographic below shows that while there are differences in the overall numbers, most young people – regardless of race or ethnicity – think the feds should pay for healthcare.
U.S. News & World Report dove a little deeper into the survey and found:
Most young Americans want any health care overhaul under President Donald Trump to look a lot like the Affordable Care Act signed into law by his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
(The GenForward poll) suggests most young Americans won’t be content with a law offering “access” to coverage, as Trump and Republicans in Congress proposed in doomed legislation they dropped March 24. The Trump administration is talking this week of somehow reviving the legislation.
ABC News added, “The most popular element of the (Obamacare) law is allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26, which is favored by 75 percent of 18-30 year olds. It’s not just that they personally benefit — an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll conducted in January found that provision was equally popular among all adults. That proposal was included in the failed GOP overhaul.”
However, CBS News pointed out, “despite their overall approval of “Obamacare,” young Americans’ views on the law aren’t all rosy. Just a third say the law is working relatively well, while another third think the health care policy has serious problems. About 2 in 10 consider the law to be fatally flawed.”
In fact, a majority of young Americans particularly dislike the healthcare law’s requirement that all Americans buy insurance or pay a fine. It is opposed by 54 percent of young people and favored by just 28 percent.
- 71 percent favor the law’s Medicaid expansion,
- 66 percent of young adults favor the prohibition on denying people coverage because of a person’s medical history,
- 65 percent favor requiring insurance plans to cover the full cost of birth control,
- 63 percent favor requiring most employers to pay a fine if they don’t offer insurance, and
- 53 percent favor paying for benefit increases with higher payroll taxes for higher earners.
Share your thoughts on this latest poll and whether you believe it will play any role in future health care legislation. Generating meaningful conversations around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!