On Health Care, Obama Says “We’re Not Going Back” But 55% of Americans Prefer Old System

While President Obama recently
said, “We’re not going back” on health care reform, given the
choice, a majority of Americans say they would prefer to go back to
the pre-2010 health care system.

The December
Reason-Rupe poll
 finds that 55 percent of Americans would
choose the health care system that was in place before the
Affordable Care Act was passed, while 34 percent prefer the new
health care system designed by the 2010 federal health care

Predictably, a hefty majority of Republicans, 78 percent, favor
the old health care system, while 53 percent of Democrats prefer
the Affordable Care Act. A third of Democrats, 33 percent, would
actually prefer the pre-2010 health care system. Independents side
with Republicans with 59 percent who favor the prior health care
system, while 31 percent the new system.

Support for the new health care system increases with education:
only 28 percent of those with high school degrees or less favor the
new health care system compared to 42 percent of those with
post-graduate degrees. Although educational attainments is
correlated with preference for the new system, income is not.

Even majorities of some of the cohorts the Affordable Care Act
was designed to help would prefer to go back to the old health care
system. Among those who do not have any form of health insurance,
54 percent prefer the pre-2010 health care system.  Slim
majorities of lower income Americans also favor the prior system.
Fifty-one percent prefer the old system among those making less
than $45,000 a year and 37% favor the new system. 

While younger Americans are evenly divided, attitudes diverge
between older and younger millennials. A majority (55 percent) of
older millennials (25-34 year olds) prefer the previous health care
system, 39 percent prefer the new system. In contrast, young
millennials 18-24 are evenly divided 44 to 45 percent.

Hispanics are divided with slightly more (49%) who say they
prefer the prior health care system over the ACA system (40
percent). Similarly, African-Americans are also divided but
slightly more (49%) prefer the new system over the previous one (40
percent). Only 28 percent of white Americans favor the new system,
while 62 percent favor the previous system.

Among the 34 percent who favor the Affordable Care Act system,
majorities oppose some of the key components of the law that has
defined the system: a little more than half of these respondents
oppose requiring younger people pay more for health insurance to
expand coverage to the uninsured and subsidize the costs of older
less healthy people and those with preexisting conditions. 
Americans who favor the new system are evenly divided over whether
asking younger people pay more for health care is justified if it
expands coverage for everyone, for instance to include mental
health care and maternity care. A slim majority (52 percent) also
feels low-cost, low-coverage health insurance policies should be
allowed, while 43 percent say they should be prohibited.

Nationwide telephone poll conducted Dec 4-8 2013 interviewed
1011 adults on both mobile (506) and landline (505) phones, with a
margin of error +/- 3.7%. Princeton Survey Research Associates
International executed the nationwide Reason-Rupe survey. Columns
may not add up to 100% due to rounding. Full poll results,
detailed tables, and methodology found here. Sign
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poll here.

from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/11/on-health-care-obama-says-were-not-going

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