Mini Poll: Is Health Care Reform A Cure Or A Disease?


Is access to good, affordable health care in America primarily a privilege, a right, or a responsibility?


Privilege:
 22%
Right:
 49%
Responsibility:
 29%

Democrats

Privilege:
 8%
Right:
 68%
Responsibility:
 24%

Republicans

Privilege:
 54%
Right:
 9%
Responsibility:
 37%

Independents/Other

Privilege:
 33%
Right:
 33%
Responsibility:
 35%

Taking everything into account, do you think the 2010 Federal health care law goes too far, is about right, or does not go far enough?


Too far:
 29%
About right:
 18%
Does not go far enough:
 53%

 


Should Americans be required by the government to buy health insurance or is it unconstitutional to require it?


Required:
 47%
Unconstitutional:
 31%
Not required, but not unconstitutional:
 22%

 


Which one of the following comes closest to your opinion about what Congress should do with the 2010 health care law?


Let it stand:
 22%
Change it so it does more:
 49%
Change it so it does less:
 8%
Repeal it completely:
 22%

 


For each of the following parts of the 2010 health care law, please tell me if you think it should remain a law or if you think it should be repealed:


The part that stops insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions

Should Remain:
 86%
Should Be Repealed:
 14%

The part of the law that requires nearly all Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine

Should Remain:
 55%
Should Be Repealed:
 45%

The part that allows children up to age 26 to stay on their parents' health insurance policies

Should Remain:
 73%
Should Be Repealed:
 27%

The part that gives tax credits to small businesses that offer coverage to their employees

Should Remain:
 85%
Should Be Repealed:
 15%

The part that closes the so-called donut hole in Medicare prescription drug coverage by providing assistance to pay for costs

Should Remain:
 80%
Should Be Repealed:
 20%

 


Do you think that the country as a whole will end up better off, worse off, or generally unaffected by the 2010 health care law?


Better off:
 65%
Worse off:
 29%
Generally unaffected:
 6%

 


Do you think that your employer or former employer will end up better off, worse off, or generally unaffected by the 2010 health care law?


Better off:
 30%
Worse off:
 27%
Generally unaffected:
 36%
I don’t have a current or former employer:
 7%

 


Do you think that you and your family will end up better off, worse off, or generally unaffected by the 2010 health care law?


Better off:
 44%
Worse off:
 29%
Generally unaffected:
 27%

 


Have you had trouble paying for medical treatment or had to postpone a medical procedure because of cost during past 3 months?


Yes:
 24%
No:
 76%

 


Do you currently have access to health insurance paid for, at least in part, by an employer, a former employer, the government, or a parent/spouse/partner?


Yes:
 82%
No:
 18%

 


Do you think that your own health insurance is better than, worse than, or about the same as that provided to members of Congress?


Better:
 9%
Worse:
 65%
Worse, because I don’t have health insurance:
 3%
About the same:
 22%

 


In general, how do you think that health care benefits provided to current and former public employees compares to your own health insurance coverage?


Better than mine:
 54%
Worse than mine:
 8%
About the same as mine:
 31%
Exactly the same as mine because I am a current or former public employee:
 8%

 


To the extent that members of Congress from different parties are still debating the merits of the health reform law, do you think this is more because Republicans and Democrats fundamentally disagree about the right policy for the country, or more because both sides are trying to use the issue for their own political advantage?


Policy disagreement:
 32%
Political advantage:
 68%

Democrats

Policy disagreement:
 23%
Political advantage:
 77%

Republicans

Policy disagreement:
 62%
Political advantage:
 38%

Independents/Other

Policy disagreement:
 34%
Political advantage:
 66%

Do you generally consider yourself a Democrat, a Republican, a member of another political party, or a member of no political party?


Democrat:
 58%
Republican:
 14%
Some other political party/No political party:
 27%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.