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Should Taxpayers Help Cushion Spike in Obamacare Rates?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Citing financial losses, several major health insurers have announced plans to back out of the state exchanges set up under President Obama’s national health care law, leaving many Americans with fewer insurance options and higher rates.  More than ever say they or an immediate family member has gotten coverage through the exchanges, but voters don’t think taxpayers should help offset any jump in rates they may experience because of the exit of these companies.

At issue is Obamacare's requirement that every American have health insurance, and a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters still oppose that mandate.  Just 32% continue to believe the government should require every American to buy or obtain health insurance, showing no change from last October which marked the lowest finding in regular tracking since 2012.  Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on September 14-15, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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