New Poll Reveals Young People’s Opinions on Health Care


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Overall, most young people in the United States want any health care overhaul by the current Presidential Administration to “strongly resemble” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which was signed into law under President Barack Obama.

A new poll by GenForward found that the majority of young Americans – age 18-30 – think the federal government should be responsible for ensuring that all Americans have health insurance.

“I do believe the government should offer it because we pay taxes,” said Rachel Haney, 27, of Tempe, AZ in an interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I do feel like it’s a right.”

However, the one main caveat that the majority of those surveyed agreed upon was the requirement that all Americans purchase health care or face a fine.

The Affordable Care Act proved to be greatly beneficial to the Latino population in the country.

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The most recent period of Open Enrollment saw nearly 3 million new consumers sign up for coverage through the Marketplace. This accounts 33% of all plan selections being from new consumers.

In total, 4.2 million Latinos have gained health insurance since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This has lowered the rate of Latino uninsured by 7.7%.

Conducted from February 16 through March 6, the poll determined that 63% of young Americans approve of the Obama-era health care law. The most popular element was the allowance of young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26.

Nearly 25% of the young people interviewed want the ACA repealed, including 16% who want it repealed and replaced under the current administration of President Donald Trump.

Despite the overall positive sentiments toward the ACA, there are strong divisions. Nearly one third of those surveyed feel the law is working “relatively well,” while another one third feel the ACA has “serious problems.” Still, nearly 2 in 10 consider the law to be “fatally flawed.”

The poll of 1,833 adults age 18-30 was conducted using a sample drawn from the probability-based GenForward panel.

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