Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Washington Post Health Care Poll

18. (Do you think it's possible to reform the health care system in a way that people who have coverage now can keep it without any changes if they want to), or (do you think health care reform will require everyone to make changes, whether they want to or not)?

      Reform possible     Reform will
without changes require changes No opinion
6/21/09 38 58 4

19. Would you support or oppose a law that requires all Americans to have health insurance, either getting it from work or buying it on their own?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09 49 47 4

20. Would you support or oppose a law that requires all Americans to have health insurance if it included [ITEM]?

6/21/09 - Summary Table*

Support Oppose No opin.
a. A rule that all employers either offer health
insurance to their employees or pay money into
a government health insurance fund 62 34 4
b. A rule that working Americans who don't get
insurance through work or on their own would
have to pay money into a government health
insurance fund 44 52 4
c. A tax credit or other aid to help low-income
Americans pay for health insurance 70 28 2
d. A rule that insurance companies sell coverage
to people regardless of pre-existing conditions 68 27 5
*Half sample asked items a-b; other half sample asked items c-d.

21. Would you support or oppose having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private health insurance plans? (IF SUPPORT) Would you rather have that plan run by a government agency, or run by an independent organization with government funding and oversight?

----------- Support ------------
NET Gov't agency Indep. org. Oppose No opinion
6/21/09 62 21 41 33 5

21a. (IF SUPPORT) What if having the government create a new health insurance plan made many private health insurers go out of business because they could not compete? In that case would you support or oppose creating a government-run health insurance plan?

     
Support Oppose No opinion
6/21/09 56 41 3


21/21a NET

------- Oppose --------
Support NET At first Now do No opinion
6/21/09 37 58 33 25 5

22. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you support or oppose a federal tax on health insurance benefits people receive through their employer if those benefits cost more than 17-thousand dollars a year?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09 24 70 6

23. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you support or oppose raising income taxes on Americans with household incomes over 250-thousand dollars to help pay for health care reform?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09 60 37 3

24. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you support or oppose a law limiting the amount of money someone can collect if they win a lawsuit after being injured by bad medical care?

           Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09 57 42 2

25. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you support or oppose a law limiting the amount of money you could collect if you won a lawsuit after being injured by bad medical care?

           Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09 53 42 4

26. Just your best guess, if the health care system is changed, do you think the quality of your health care will get (better), get (worse), or remain about the same?

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
6/21/09 16 31 50 3

27. Which comes closer to the way you feel: government reform of the nation's health care system (is necessary to control costs and expand coverage), or government action on health care (will do more harm than good)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

          ------- Necessary -------   -- More harm than good --
NET Strongly Somewhat NET Somewhat Strongly No opinion
6/21/09 58 34 23 39 15 24 3


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