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Who Supports Health Reform?

  • David W. Brady (a1) and Daniel P. Kessler (a1)
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  • Published online: 15 January 2010

In this article, we report results from a new study that surveyed a large, national sample of American adults about their willingness to pay for health reform. As in previous work, we find that self-identified Republicans, older Americans, and high-income Americans are less supportive of reform. However, these basic findings mask three important features of public opinion. First, income has a substantial effect on support for reform, even holding political affiliation constant. Indeed, income is the most important determinant of support for reform. Second, the negative effects of income on support for reform begin early in the income distribution, at annual family income levels of $25,000 to $50,000. Third, although older Americans have a less favorable view of reform than the young, much of their opposition is due to dislike of large policy changes than to reform per se.

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Jonathan Gruber . 2008. “Covering the Uninsured.” Journal of Economic Literature 46 (3): 571606.

Daniel Kessler , and David Brady . 2009. “Putting the Public's Money Where Its Mouth Is.” Health Affairs 28 (5): 917–25.

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