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Poll: Half say government should play bigger role in covering health care costs

Roughly half of voters say the government should increase its role in covering health care costs, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Forty-nine percent of registered voters in an April 16-19 survey said the government should play a bigger role in paying for health care.

By contrast, 15 percent said it should decrease its role while 36 percent said it should be kept the same.

Seventy-one percent of Democrats said the government should increase its role in covering health care costs, compared to 48 percent of independents and 27 percent of Republicans who said the same.

When asked a similar question in the context of Medicare and Medicaid, 39 percent said the country's health care system should be kept as is.

Twenty-one percent said Medicare and Medicaid should be expanded to any citizen regardless of age or income so long as those with private plans can keep their existing insurance.

Nineteen percent said Medicare and Medicaid should be expanded to cover all citizens, but people should be able to purchase private supplemental plans.

Eleven percent said the government should remove itself from paying for any health care costs, while 10 percent said Medicare and Medicaid should be expanded to cover all citizens and private health plans should be abolished. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,881 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 1.83 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte