White House unleashing its marketing machine to sell health care package Americans split on how to pay for health plan

September 21, 1993|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

Americans agree with President Clinton on some of the key elements of his health care reform package, but they appear to contradict themselves in such important areas as taxes to pay for health care and spending limits.

A Gallup survey released today shows that Americans generally agree that there should be guaranteed health coverage for all Americans. The poll was paid for by the non-profit Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington.

But one area of disagreement was on funding such coverage. More than half of those surveyed said they favored a payroll tax similar to Social Security. Yet 63 percent said they did not believe income taxes should be increased to pay for health coverage.

Other key findings:

* 67 percent said "no" when asked if they would like to receive higher wages, but be responsible for buying their own coverage.

* 60 percent said every American should be required to have health insurance.

* 81 percent said workers shouldn't have to change insurance when they change jobs.

* 63 percent said they would give up the right to shop for better coverage for a guarantee that every job offered the same coverage.

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