Take a look at this new opinion survey by Harris for the Wall Street Journal. Interesting and sometimes contradictory (see questions 4 and 6) results. In general, Democrats and Independents seem more closely aligned than Republicans and Independents. Also, (question 1), there seems a real shift in public attitudes about people’s lifestyle choices. Seems like the foundation of support for the concept of social insurance is still running strongly.
1. People who have healthy lifestyles, don’t smoke, exercise frequently and control their weight tend to incur fewer health care costs than people with unhealthy lifestyles. Do you think it would be fair or unfair to ask people with unhealthy lifestyles to pay higher insurance premiums than people with healthy lifestyles
“Please tell us whether you agree or disagree with the following statements about health care.”
2. People who are unemployed and poor should be able to get the same amount of quality of medical services as people who have good jobs and are paying substantial taxes.
3. The government should do whatever is necessary, whatever it costs in taxes, to see that everyone gets the medical care they need.
4. It’s fair that people who pay more in taxes (or in health insurance premiums) should be able to get getter medical care than those who pay little or nothing.
5. It’s unfair to take money through taxes from the young and middle-aged who work to pay for the medical care of those who are old and sick.
6. If the only way to make sure that everyone can get the health care services they need is to have a substantial increase in taxes, we should do it