Poll Results: Most Americans Favor Universal Health Care
A recent CNN poll shows that how tricky the debate over universal health care could be. People are all for expanded coverage and greater government involvement – right up until they have to face the increasing tax.
“In general, would you favor or oppose a universal health care program that would increase the IRS’ influence over the country’s universal health care system in an attempt to lower costs and provide universal health care coverage to more Americans?” Americans favor government intervention in the health system by 69%-29%.
“In general, would you favor or oppose a universal health care program that would increase the IRS’ influence over the universal health care you and your family receive in an attempt to lower costs and provide universal health care coverage to more Americans?” When it involves their own care and their families, approval is still high, but a bit lower: 63%-36%.
“Do you think the federal government should guarantee universal health care for all Americans, or don’t you think so?” Americans favor guaranteed universal health care for all, by a margin of 62%-38%.
Until Taxes Are Mentioned
Now here’s where it gets really tricky: “Would you prefer a universal health care reform plan that raises taxes in order to provide health insurance to all Americans, or a plan that does not provide universal health insurance to all Americans but keeps taxes at current levels?” It is now a 47%-47% tie, thanks to the threat of tax increases. No one wants to pay more taxes even though at the expense of their own health.