Survey: Knowledge Ups Healthcare Support

INDIANAPOLIS, April 25 (UPI) — If more Americans knew what was included in the healthcare reform law, more may support it, a U.S. survey indicates.

“When we looked at the responses of those who said they wanted to repeal the law and start from scratch, with the exception of the requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance, most of the things that they wanted are already written into the law,” Dr. Aaron Carroll, director of Indiana University’s Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research, says in a statement.

“It appears that the mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance may be the one thing they stringently oppose, and that may be the main motive for the push to repeal the legislation.”

How the public option was described impacted the survey. When the public option was described as a government-administered option “competing” with private health insurance, 48 percent favored it, but when framed as a “choice” between government-provided health insurance or private health insurance almost 75 percent favored the public option.

The survey of 600 adults in the 48 contiguous states and District of Columbia was conducted April 15-19. The survey has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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