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73% of Young Adults Want Gov’t-Provided Universal Health Care; 79% Support Private Insurance

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | March 11, 2019 | 1:38 PM EDT

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Even though nearly three-fourths of Millennials and Generation Z Americans say the U.S. government should provide universal health care, an even greater percentage say the government should allow private insurance.

According to a Harris Poll of 2,035 adults, conducted Feb. 21–25, 2019 and provided to Axios, two-thirds of all Americans agree that the government should provide universal health care, compared to 73.2% of Millennial and Generation Z respondents.

Government should provide universal health care:

  • Total: 66.7%
  • Mill/Gen Z: 73.2%

But, when asked in the same survey if the government should allow private insurance, more than three-fourths of Millennials and Generation Z respondents agreed, as did nearly nine in ten of all respondents.

Government should allow private insurance:

  • Total: 86.5%
  • Mill/Gen Z: 78.9%

The Millennial and Generation Z contingents are comprised of those Americans 38 years old or younger, Pew Research explains:

“Anyone born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 23 to 38 in 2019) is considered a Millennial, and anyone born from 1997 onward is part of a new generation.

“Since the oldest among this rising generation are just turning 22 this year, and most are still in their teens or younger, we hesitated at first to give them a name – Generation Z, the iGeneration and Homelanders were some early candidates.”

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