Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Poll: Most Young People Say Gov't Should Pay for Health Care (Copy)

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Poll: Most Young People Say Gov't Should Pay for Health Care (Copy)

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WASHINGTON * Most young Americans want any health care overhaul under President Donald Trump to look a lot like the Affordable Care Act signed into law by his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But there's one big exception: A majority of young Americans dislike so-called Obamacare's requirement that all Americans buy insurance or pay a fine.

A GenForward poll says a majority of people ages 18-30 think the federal government should provide health insurance for Americans. It suggests most young Americans won't be content with a law offering "access" to coverage, as Trump and Republicans in Congress proposed in doomed legislation they dropped March 24. The Trump administration was talking last week about somehow reviving the legislation.

Conducted Feb. 16 through March 6, before the collapse of the GOP bill, the poll shows that 63 percent of young Americans approve of the Obama-era health care law. The poll did not measure reactions to the Republican proposal.

The most popular element of the law is allowing young adults to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26, which is favored by 75 percent of people ages 18-30. It's not just that they personally benefit. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll conducted in January found the provision was equally popular among all adults. That proposal was included in the failed GOP overhaul.

But the Republican plan also contained provisions that most young Americans the racially diverse electorate of the future do not support, according to the poll. Two-thirds of young people agree with a smaller majority of Americans overall that the government should make sure people have health care coverage. And they understand that will cost more: Sixty-three percent want the government to increase spending to help people afford insurance.

Those feelings cut across racial lines and include most whites, who formed the base of Trump's political support in the presidential election.

GenForward is a survey of adults age 18-30 by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the AP-NORC Center. …

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