August 11, 2009

Poll: About 40 percent favor health reform

Support for government-sponsored health insurance for U.S. adults under age 65 is about 40 percent, no matter how government is involved, researchers say.

Researchers from Indiana University's Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research developed three scenarios that each described a government health insurance plan for individuals under age 65 regardless of employment status.

One scenario, was a public health insurance plan -- everyone under the age of 65 would decide to purchase private health insurance through a private company or public health insurance offered by the U.S. government. Another scenario was an optional health insurance program similar to Medicare and a third was government insurance with an option to supplement with private insurance.

The survey indicates 43 percent found the public health insurance plan appealing compared to 44 percent for the Medicare-like plan and 39 percent for the single-payer option -- all three plans fall within the margin of error.

The survey, designed and funded by CHPPR, was conducted by Market Strategies International from July 29-Aug. 5. More than 600 adults living in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia responded. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.