Universal Health Care New Jersey

1991 New Jersey Public Question on Ballot

Enactment of National Health Care Program

Shall the State urge the United States Congress and the President of the United States to enact a national health care program which: provides high quality comprehensive personal health care including preventive, curative, and occupational health services; is universal in coverage, community controlled, rationally organized, equitably financed, with minimal out-of-pocket expense to taxpayers; is sensitive to the particular health needs of all persons; and aims at reducing the overall costs of health care?

Interpretive Statement

The purpose of this public question is to ascertain public sentiment as to whether the State of New Jersey should urge Congress and the President of the United States to enact a national health care program. There is presently no such program in existence. This is a non-binding referendum which means the outcome thereof will not have the force and effect of law. In other words, a majority vote supporting the referendum will not obligate congress or the President to enact a national health care program. Nor will a majority vote opposing the referendum prohibit Congress or the President from enacting such a program. The sole purpose of this question is to solicit public opinion on the issue of national health care.

Counties
YES
NO
Atlantic
38,389
7,697
Bergen
141,565
40,830
Burlington
58,653
19,967
Camden
71,488
24,389
Cape May
20,723
5,254
Cumberland
15,587
5,085
Essex
69,978
17,572
Gloucester
43,091
13,568
Hudson
52,810
9,959
Hunterdon
13,552
7,598
Mercer
52,575
15,724
Middlesex
108,308
24,546
Monmouth
117,944
31,317
Morris
60,770
21,425
Ocean
79,805
17,517
Passaic
48,539
11,756
Salem
12,756
4,274
Somerset
35,399
12,923
Sussex
21,052
8,556
Union
64,418
17,154
Warren
17,222
5,268
TOTAL
1,143,654
320,355