Reason-Rupe: Majority of Americans Open To Medicare Reform

The recent national Reason-Rupe poll of 1200 adults finds 65 percent of Americans are open to changing Medicare for those under 55 years old into a program that gives individuals a credit to purchase a private insurance plan.

Intensity lies with those open to reform with 36 percent strongly favoring such a plan and 16 percent strongly opposed.

These results may reflect Americans’ desire to have greater choice in health care. For instance, 69 percent of Americans report they would like to have similar ability to shop around for a less expensive and better health insurance policy as they do for auto insurance.

23 percent of Americans are concerned that a Medicare credit reform would worsen the quality of care that seniors and the disabled receive. However, 33 percent believe it would not significantly impact the quality of care and 34 percent believe it would instead improve the quality of care.

Full poll results found here.

Nationwide telephone poll conducted March 10th-20th of both mobile and landline phones, 1200 adults, margin of error +/- 3 percent. Columns may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding. Full methodology can be found here

Emily Ekins is the director of polling for Reason Foundation where she leads the Reason-Rupe public opinion research project, launched in 2011. Follow her on Twitter @emilyekins.

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  • AlmightyJB||

    Unfortunately the 16% who strongly oppose includes everyone in the media.

  • Paul||

    Next Reason-Rupe Poll: 98% of Americans totally sick of this shit.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    That's only because 0% of these polls have alt-text.

  • Nathan||

    And yet if we actually did turn MediCare into a voucher program and the checks weren't enough to buy the insurance policy people wanted they would go ape-shit, take revenge on the politicians and demand a return to the old days.

  • shrike||

    Well, that is exactly Paul Ryan's plan.

    Vouchers in 2023 to not upset the GOP base (old people) and then outsource future Medicare cuts to private insurers who have a captive and supine market.

    The crime in Ryan's plan isn't dumping the elderly in 2023. It is doing nothing until then and pretending he is while deficits build.

  • Colonel_Angus||

    The poll question is defective if taken to determine whether people favor greater choices, because people who favor a free market might object to creating public-private associations. Under the proposal people would still be forced to deal with the government's system, therefore I would oppose the proposal, and my position would be counted as being against individual choice, which is false.

  • shrike||

    Are you thinking what we're thinking?

  • shrike||

    Are you thinking what we're thinking?

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