- To Make Gen X and Millennials Happy, Healthcare Reform Better Look Like Obamacare
- April 5, 2017
A recent survey from GenForward says younger Americans want the latest in health care reform to look like, well, Obamacare does now.
With the exception of one feature, the requirement that they’ll have to purchase health insurance or pay a fine, Americans seem to prefer the setup of the Affordable Care Act to plans proposed by President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
The GenForward poll indicates that the majority of respondents aged 18 to 30 believe the federal government should be tasked with providing all Americans have health insurance, and it also indicates that most young Americans will be most displeased with a new law which simply offers “access” to coverage.
The poll shows revealed that some 63 percent of young Americans are content with Obamacare overall.
Not surprisingly, the single most popular tenet of the ACA is one which allows younger adults to remain on their parents’ insurance coverage until age 26. That provision is favored by some 75 percent of the 18-30 year olds polled.
While two-thirds of young people are in agreement that the federal or state government should make health care coverage available to all American, the also seem to understand that costs for that sort of coverage will rise.
The findings seem to cut across all racial lines. The survey also found that just one-quarter of young people want “Obamacare” repealed, while 16 percent of young adults want it repealed and replaced. Just 10 percent said they want the ACA repealed without a replacement. The major takeaway from the survey is that young people are significantly more likely than their older counterparts to say the government should provide health care. Older Americans who responded to a different poll conducted as the most recent GOP health care proposal collapsed says just 52 percent think it’s the federal government’s responsibility to provide universal coverage.
According to one portion of the GenForward findings, just over 70 percent of younger Americans are in favor the ACA’s scheduled expansion of Medicaid expansion. Another 66 percent of younger adults say they believe people shouldn’t be denied healthcare coverage as a result of their medical history. Some 65 percent say insurance plans should cover the entire cost of birth control, and just over 63 percent say they believe employers should pay a fine for not offering their employees insurance.
As for how all this should be paid for, a little more than half of the respondents, 53 percent, say they would pay for benefit increases in the form of higher payroll taxes charged to high-earning Americans.
Of those polled, one-quarter of them said they have insurance through their parents and just 10 percent have purchased their own insurance through an ACA exchange.
The poll surveyed just over 1,800 adults aged 18-30, and GenForward says it has a sampling error for all respondents of plus or minus 4 percent.
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