Most State Voters Support Increasing Taxes To Insure All Children
About 70% of state voters surveyed support increased taxes to provide health insurance to all children, according to a poll released Tuesday by the California Endowment, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports. About 1,200 likely state voters participated in the poll.
Respondents generally favored raising taxes on hard liquor, soda and candy, tobacco and state residents whose annual incomes exceed more than $1 million annually to fund expanded health coverage for children. Respondents also said they supported eliminating some corporate tax benefits to help fund the health care coverage expansion.
According to the poll, 63% of Republicans and 89% of Democrats favored guaranteeing health insurance to all children. The poll found that Hispanics and blacks were about 15% more likely than whites to support universal health coverage for children (Welton, San Luis Obispo Tribune, 3/23).
KPBS' "KPBS News" on Tuesday reported on the poll. The segment includes comments from pollster Ben Tulchin (Goldberg, "KPBS News," KPBS, 3/22). The complete transcript is available online. The complete segment is available online in RealPlayer.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.