Bankrate’s monthly Health Insurance Pulse survey of six questions measures how consumers are feeling about their own health care and health insurance, and about the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s sweeping health insurance reform. From Sept. 19-22, 2013, telephone interviews (on landlines and cellphones) with 1,003 adults living in the continental U.S. were conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The results of Bankrate’s Health Insurance Pulse have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
- 18% of men say they have no form of health care, compared to 11% of women.
- 48% of people in cities and suburbs get health insurance through employers, while just 32% of rural residents do.
- 50% of people earning less than $30,000 a year get their health insurance through the government. That compares to just 15% of people making $30,000 or more.
- 27% of people ages 30-64 say it’s more difficult for them to handle medical expenses, compared to 17% of people 18-29 years old.
- 14% of people making less than $30,000 say they find it easier to cover medical expenses, versus 7% of people making $30,000 or more.
- 19% of college graduates say it’s tougher to cover medical expenses, compared to 26% of those who never went to college.
- 20% of political Independents say their access to good health care has gotten worse, compared to 13% of Democrats and 16% of Republicans.
- 11% of people making less than $50,000 a year say their access to good health care has gotten better, compared to 6% of people making at least that much.
- 22% of people 50-64 years old say the accessibility of good health care has gotten worse, while just 13% of people 65 and older feel the same way.
- 52% of Republicans say their costs have gotten higher, compared to 37% of Democrats and 38% of Independents.
- 46% of people making at least $50,000 per year say their health care costs have increased, versus 37% of people making less than that.
- 11% of college grads say their health care costs have gone down. But that’s the case for only 6% of people without a college degree.
- 52% of Republicans, 34% of Independents and 12% of Democrats have a more negative opinion; 5% of Republicans, 19% of Democrats and 8% of Independents have a more positive opinion.
- 35% of people making at least $50,000 a year say their view of Obamacare is more negative, versus 25% of those making less than $30,000.
- 36% of men have a more negative view of Obamacare, compared to 27% of women.
- 50% of women and 40% of men would keep the Affordable Care Act, while 40% of women and 52% of men would get rid of it.
- 16% of Republicans, 74% of Democrats and 41% of Independents would stick with Obamacare. 79% of Republicans, 20% of Democrats and 49% of Independents would repeal it.
- 48% of people ages 18-65 would keep it, compared to 32% of people 65 and older.
Editor’s note: Percentages may not equal 100, due to rounding.