If the United States had a national health-insurance plan, 83% of voters believe that Americans should have a choice between buying their insurance from the government or a private company. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey shows that just 17% favor eliminating private health insurance companies and requiring every American to use a government insurance program.
A plurality of voters believe banning private insurance companies would drive up the cost and hurt the quality of health care (see question wording and crosstab data).
Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris recently called for banning private insurance companies. That provision is a part of the single-payer health care plan proposed by another Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful, Bernie Sanders. Harris backtracked from her statement and later indicated she would be open to some compromise on the issue.
Support for banning private health insurance companies comes from 23% of Democrats, 20% of Independents, and 6% of Republicans.
Voters consistently express support for concepts like Medicare for All and strongly believe that every American should have access to quality health care. However, there has long been a huge gap between that desire and support for a true single-payer health care system.
ScottRasmussen.com conducts surveys on the health care issue twice a month (sign up for email updates). Our most recent release shows that voters prefer more competition rather than more government regulation. That’s consistent with a long-standing voter desire for more choice and less politics in the health care system.
In today’s political environment, the top voter priority is protecting those with pre-existing conditions. Number two on the voter list was requiring health insurance companies to offer a variety of health insurance options, including more expensive plans with comprehensive coverage and less expensive plans that cover only basic health care needs.
This may partly be due to the fact that most voters believe Americans have more power as consumers than voters. Additionally, 87% believe there is widespread corruption in the federal government.
During the election, voters without health insurance were fairly evenly divided on their Congressional vote. Voters remain evenly divided on key health care trade-offs.
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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted January 22-23, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results for the full sample have a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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