Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters nationwide rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that another 38% rate it as just fair and 25% say it’s poor.
Voters are much more upbeat when it comes to their own personal health and care. Seventy-six percent (76%) rate their own health as good or excellent, 73% say the same about the medical care they receive, and 68% give such a positive assessment about their own insurance coverage.
There are massive gaps in perceptions of the health care system along gender, racial, and other demographic lines (see crosstab results).
Forty-seven percent (47%) of men rate our health care system as good or excellent but just 28% of women agree. Nearly as many women (26%) rate the current system as poor.
Forty-two percent (42%) of white voters rate the nation’s health care system as good or excellent. Just 34% of Hispanic voters and 22% of black voters agree.
Among those earning at least $75,000 a year, 50% think the system is good or excellent. Among those who earn less, only 26% share that assessment.
Forty-six percent (46%) of urban voters rate today’s health care system as good or excellent. So do 35% of suburban voters and 31% of rural voters.
On a partisan basis, 52% of Republicans give the health care system good marks. Just 31% of Democrats and Independents agree.
While there are deep concerns about the nation’s health care system, there is little agreement on what to do about it. Voters are fairly evenly divided on key trade-offs such as questions about whether it’s more important to reduce costs or ensure that everyone has access to quality medical care.
In general, voters are looking for more choice and less politics in health care. If they had the chance, 65% of workers would choose less health insurance coverage and more take home pay. They tend to expect that technology and competition will do more than new government policies to improve things.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) believe it’s Very Important to ensure that everyone has access to care. However, only 19% support Bernie Sanders’ plan which would ban private insurance companies and have the government provide coverage for everyone.
The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, was recently found unconstitutional by a federal judge. The case will eventually work its way to the U.S. Supreme Court and American voters are evenly divided as to whether the Justices should save Obamacare or end it.
If the Supreme Court upholds the ruling that Obamacare is unconstitutional, voters want Congress to respond and the top item on their list is to protect people with pre-existing conditions. Number two on the list focused on increasing choice. They want a requirement for 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.
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The national survey of 1,015 Registered Voters was conducted December 18-19, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a 3.o percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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