What Explains Attitudes toward the Individual Mandate?

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What Explains Attitudes toward the Individual Mandate?

Abstract

This brief uses data from the September 2017 Health Reform Monitoring Survey to examine attitudes toward the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. We found that although the individual mandate is unpopular, only 4 in 10 adults support repealing it, and the remainder either support keeping it or are not sure what to do. Support for repeal varies significantly by family income, race/ethnicity, and educational attainment, and it does not appear to be motivated by a belief that healthier people should not be in the same insurance pool with sicker people. We found that people who support repealing the mandate recognize the value of health insurance and overwhelmingly believe people should not be denied medical care simply because they cannot afford it.

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