Economics Working Paper WP10101
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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