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The Public's Views on Health Care Reform in the 2008 Presidential Election

Also read a related report, Envisioning the Future: The 2008 Presidential Candidates' Health Reform Proposals.

A Commonwealth Fund survey of adults age 19 and older, conducted from June 2007 to October 2007, finds that large majorities of the public, regardless of political affiliation or income level, say that the candidates' views on health care reform will be very important or somewhat important in their voting decision. Moreover, they believe employers—long the cornerstone of the health insurance system—should retain responsibility for providing health insurance, or at least contribute financially to covering the country's working families. A majority of adults would also favor a requirement that everyone have health insurance, with the government helping those who are unable to afford it; support for such a requirement, however, is not strong and varies by political affiliation, geographic region, and income. There is overwhelming agreement that financing for health insurance coverage for all Americans should be a responsibility shared by employers, government, and individuals.

Publication Details

Publication Date: January 1, 2008

S. R. Collins and J. L. Kriss, The Public's Views on Health Care Reform in the 2008 Presidential Election, The Commonwealth Fund, January 2008.


Sara Collins
Vice President, Health Care Coverage and Access, The Commonwealth Fund
Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention