Universal Health Care: What the Public Thinks

Inline image 1CBS Poll, 2009: Most BackPublic Health Care Option

A clear majority of Americans — 72 percent — support a government-sponsored health care plan to compete with private insurers, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds. Most also think the government would do a better job than private industry at keeping down costs and believe that the government should guarantee health care for all Americans.

CBS/NYTimes Poll, 2007

Americans think the U.S. health care system is in need of major repairs, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

Nine out of 10 say the system needs at least fundamental changes, including 36 percent who favor a complete overhaul….

Most Americans believe government can play a role in fixing the health care system. Two-thirds say the federal government should guarantee that all Americans have health insurance ā€” and a similar number says providing health insurance for all is a more serious problem than keeping health care costs down.

Eighty-four percent of Americans favor expanding government programs in order to give health insurance to all uninsured children.

SHOULD GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL?

Yes
64%
No
27%

WHICH IS MORE SERIOUS?

Providing health insurance for all
65%
Keeping health care costs down
31%

More Americans do think the government can do a better job than private companies at helping hold down health care costs.

ABC Poll, 2003

Americans express broad, and in some cases growing, discontent with the U.S. health care system, based on its costs, structure and direction alike ā€” fueling cautious support for a government-run, taxpayer-funded universal health system modeled on Medicare.

Reuters/Ipsos, 2012

An overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system remains popular even though Americans are not enamored with the law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. The poll found that 44 percent of respondents favor the law, and that an additional 21 percent oppose it because it doesn’t go far enough – for a total of 65 percent.

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