Americans are more likely to support a requirement they carry health insurance if it is tied to shared responsibility with employers, government and insurers, according to a survey published on the Health Affairs Web site.
On its own, a so-called individual mandate garners less support. Just 48% said they back an individual mandate by itself. When framed as a shared responsibility among all stakeholders, support rises to 59%, according to the telephone survey of 1,704 adults conducted in February.
Democrats were more likely to support an individual mandate in any form than Republicans, according to the survey. Sixty-five percent of respondents and majorities of both parties backed a coverage mandate limited to children, as originally proposed by President Barack Obama.
The study was designed by researchers at National Public Radio, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.