Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters like the idea of a single-payer national health insurance plan where the federal government provides health insurance for everyone. However, what they have in mind bears little resemblance to proposals offered by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 17% believe that private health insurance companies should be banned. If there is a national health insurance plan offered by the federal government, 83% believe Americans should still have the opportunity to buy coverage from a private insurance company. That view is shared by 86% of Republicans, 83% of Independents, and 80% of Democrats (see crosstab results).
This is consistent with a wide range of data showing that voters want more choices, not fewer, when it comes to health care. Additionally, if every American was required to get their insurance from the federal government, 47% believe the cost of medical care would go up. Just 29% believe it would go down.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted October 15-16, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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