Putting the Public's Money Where Its Mouth Is: Consumers' Enthusiasm for Health Reform

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Author(s)

Daniel Kessler

Source

Health Affairs, Vol. 28, No. 5, 2009

Summary

This study asks if people are willing to pay higher taxes to expand health care coverage.

Policy Relevance

People’s willingness to pay higher taxes to support health care reform is very limited.

Main Points

  • The survey tested willingness to pay for three different types of health care reform:

    • Medicaid expansion,
       
    • Insurance subsidies for low-income individuals, and
       
    • Insurance subsidies for the chronically ill.
       
  • The survey also tested willingness to pay for two different levels of reform. Major reform, which would lower the uninsured rate by 50 percent, and minor reform, which would lower the uninsured rate by 25 percent.
     
  • The only type of reform that received majority support was for the creation of insurance subsidies for the chronically ill.
     
  • Across the board, the individuals surveyed preferred minor reform to major reform.
     
  • The majority of support for all types of reform came from participants with below-median household incomes ($50,000 per year or less).
     
  • The results of this survey suggest that while a majority of the American public is in favor of health care reform, only a minority is willing to pay for it.

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