Most US Adults Support Health Insurance Mandate

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About 68%of U.S.adults support a requirement that all residents obtain health insurance withgovernment subsidies for those who cannot afford coverage, according to asurvey released on Tuesday by the Commonwealth Fund, Reuters reports. The survey -- conducted byPrinceton Survey Research AssociatesInternationalbetween June 6, 2007, and Oct. 24, 2007 -- included responses from 3,501 adultsin the continental U.S.

According to the survey, 80% of Democrats support a health insurance mandate,compared with 52% of Republicans and 68% of independents. Commonwealth FundVice President Sara Collins said, "It is a significant issue as the numberof uninsured people climbs every year and more and more middle-class people areaffected."

Among Democratic presidential candidates, health care proposals from Sen.Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) would requireall residents to obtain health insurance, and a proposal from Sen. Barack Obama(Ill.) wouldrequire coverage only for children. None of the health care proposals fromRepublican presidential candidates includes a health insurance mandate (Reuters,1/15).

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