I don’t usually go for questions like that, but I’m having a hard time explaining the results of this survey without concluding that a significant number of Republicans don’t really favor a free market fix for health care so much as they just oppose people getting health care at all.
A telephone survey by Bankrate.com asked 3,496 people how they would react if a business tacked on an extra 25 cents to every bill to help cover the cost of health insurance for its employees. Among Democrats, 70 percent said they would approve; 11 percent said they’d disapprove but would keep doing business with it anyway. Just 12 percent said they’d stop patronizing that business…
When Republicans were presented with the 25 cents idea, however, a plurality — 35 percent — said they would respond by taking their business elsewhere. An additional 17 percent said they would disapprove but would keep using the business, while 34 percent said they approved of the extra charge.
Here’s what makes that a head-scratcher: The vast majority of Republican respondents — 78 percent — also told questioners that Obamacare should be repealed. So a significant portion of Republicans don’t think the government should pay for people’s health insurance, but they are not willing to pay even a small amount more so that those people can get covered through their employer.Which leads to a puzzling question: How, exactly, are these people supposed to get insurance?
When you add in the fact that several prominent Republicans around the country have actively encouraged those who lack health insurance to refuse to get insurance through the ACA exchanges, and the fact that so many Republican governors and legislators have refused to adopt the Medicaid expansion in the law (thus preventing about 4 million people from getting access to health care), it’s difficult to avoid concluding that they really do have the goal of making sure those without health insurance don’t get it by any means at all.