Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Who Wants Private Health Insurance?

Most Americans now believe it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure all Americans have health insurance, finds a Gallup survey, up from 45 percent who felt that way just one year ago. But there are big differences in attitudes by age: fully 68 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds think it's the federal government's responsibility compared with only 38 percent of the elderly, who are universally covered by the federal government's Medicare system.

When Gallup asked the public whether it would prefer a government-run health insurance system or one based on private insurance, the 55 percent majority still favors private rather than public. Americans aged 65 or older are the ones most likely to favor a private health insurance system, despite the fact that they are covered by a public plan...

Percent who would rather have a private health insurance system
Aged 18 to 29: 45%
Aged 30 to 49: 56%
Aged 50 to 64: 58%
Aged 65-plus: 63%

Source: Gallup, In U.S., 51% Say Government Should Ensure Healthcare Coverage

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