Date: August 8th, 2019
POLL SHOWS OREGON VOTER SUPPORT FOR A HEALTH
CARE TAX TO FUND UNIVERSAL CARE.
A new state-wide poll shows that a majority of
Oregon voters would be willing to consider paying a new health care tax
more than twice as large as their income tax to replace health care
premiums and other health care expenses.
The poll is likely to turn a few heads, not only
in Oregon, but nationally, as previous polls have shown high support for
specific forms of universal health care such as single-payer or
Medicare-for-All, but with low voter willingness to support those
Oregon voters in the poll were motivated for
change by the increasingly high cost and other problems of the current
health care system.
· 81% identified the cost of health care to individuals, governments, and
businesses as a major problem, This is about as unified an opinion,
across party lines and other demographic categories, as you will ever
see in America, remarks Corvallis resident and retired management
consultant Warren George, who commissioned the poll along with support
from Ron Loe of Wood Castle Furniture.
70% of voters also identified other concerns such as medical bankruptcy
and unnecessary system complexity as major problems, and
More than half believed that as costs continue to rise, Medicare and
Medicaid programs are in major jeopardy.
· 75% of Oregon voters believe that universal care is a desirable solution
to the high cost and other problems, but unlike previous national polls,
Oregon voters were significantly more willing to express support for a
tax to provide public health care benefits.
The poll indicates that this support stems in part from a
majority of Oregon voters believing claims that a universal care system
will save money relative to the cost of premiums and other health care
expenses which the tax would replace.
· 62% of Oregon voters would probably or definitely vote for a separate
health care tax to provide care for everyone in the state, as long as
the tax is typically smaller than what they currently pay in premiums
and out of pocket expenses, and as long as employers keep contributing
about the same portion of employee cost as they do now.
This majority opinion held across all five congressional
districts, and held in both republican and democrat represented
districts of the Oregon legislature.
Of course, this is not a vote, cautions Stuart
Elway, president of Elway Research, who conducted the poll. It is
easier to tell a pollster that one favors a new health care tax than it
is to actually vote for one.
Still, with 6 in 10 respondents open to a measure that would
eliminate or replace private insurance, establish a new state agency and
a new health care tax to fund it, these findings indicate that Oregon
voters are ready to have that discussion.
About the poll: The poll was conducted by Elway
Research, Inc, of Seattle between July 17-21. A random sample of 402
registered voters in Oregon were interviewedby live interviewers via
land line and cell phones and online. The margin of sampling error ±5%.
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