More than 80% of Americans believe employers should either provide health insurance or contribute to the cost of coverage, a survey from the Commonwealth Fund found.
The survey, The Publics Views on Health Care Reform in the 2008 Presidential Election, reflects phone interviews with more 3,500 adults from June 2007 through October.
Voters from all partiesnearly 70% of Republicans and Democrats, and 70% of Independentsthought health insurance costs should be shared by individuals, employers and the government equally, the survey found. While most (68%) favored requiring individuals to have health insurance, Democrats were the biggest supporters of this option. Regarding the presidential candidates views on health reform, 77% of registered Democrats said the issue would be an important part of their vote, compared with only 47% of Republicans who participated in the survey.
In the meantime, a separate report conducted by the Commonwealth Fund on the presidential candidates plans found that front-runners from both parties favor private insurance as a vehicle for expanding coverage.
Democratic candidates, however, would lean more on employers to provide more coverage to their employees, whereas Republican presidential hopefuls support a diminishing role for employers and instead favor changes to the tax code to reform the healthcare system, according to Envisioning the Future: The 2008 Presidential Candidates Health Care Reform Proposals. -- by Jennifer Lubell
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