54% Believe Providing Access to Quality Medical Care More Important Than Providing Affordable Insurance for All

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters believe that making sure that every American has access to quality medical care is more important than making sure that every American has affordable health insurance.  A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 39% take the opposite view and believe providing affordable health insurance is more important.

Most Republicans and Independents believe providing access to care is more important. Democrats are evenly divided.

Just 22% of voters today believe that having affordable health insurance guarantees access to quality health care. That may help explain why 67% of all voters say the healthcare system is badly broken.

Other data shows that 45% of voters believe the United States has a free-market health care system. Only 34% disagree and believe we have a government run system.

Despite the belief of many that we have a free market healthcare system, government sources control 83% of all health care spending.

As for the politics of healthcare, the fact that most are happy with the care they receive is a major obstacle to reform. For these voters, a solid majority, there is little upside to reform and plenty of downside. No matter how bad the health care system is today, there is a rational concern that Congress could make it worse.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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