Poll shows support for public health insurance

by Lesley Politi on May 7, 2009

Below is a new poll that took place in Iowa about Public Health Insurance. I would have thought more residents would be in support of having a public health plan, interesting to see. We all really need to see what the benefits of Public Health Care Plan would be.
DES MOINES, Iowa – More than half of Iowans support a public health insurance plan, and almost half of the state’s residents who aren’t already insured say they would consider enrolling. The Des Moines Register Iowa Poll, conducted March 30 to April 1 by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, showed 56 percent of Iowans support creation of a public plan, 37 percent oppose the idea and 7 percent are unsure. Supporters say the program could function like Medicare, where the government organizes and sells insurance coverage. They say fewer people would be left out of the system, especially those with chronic health conditions or the self-employed. But opponents worry that the government plan would undercut private insurance holders, force health-care rationing and discourage innovation. The issue is gathering steam — and controversy — as the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held private meetings on health care reform last week and will hold a public hearing Tuesday on expanding health care coverage to all Americans. Iowans are split politically on the issue. Seventy-six percent of Democrats favor a new public insurance plan, compared with 31 percent of Republicans and 58 percent of political independents. But support for a public health insurance plan does not mean Iowans want major changes: the percentage of Iowans who want major changes dropped to 31 percent from 43 percent in May 2003. And state residents generally feel covered by their current plans. Eighty percent of insured Iowans say they feel well-covered by their health insurance policies, while 19 percent say they worry at least a little about their coverage. But wealthier Iowans tend to feel more confident about their health insurance — nearly 90 percent of Iowans making $70,000 or more per year say they are well-covered. The least confident are Iowans making less than $30,000 per year, where only 64 percent of those people feel well-covered. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. It polled 802 Iowans age 18 or older.


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