Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters favor letting each worker choose how much health insurance they are willing to pay for. They could have less expensive insurance and more take home pay or more expensive insurance and less take-home pay. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 21% oppose giving workers that choice.
If they had the choice, two-thirds of workers (65%) would opt for less-expensive insurance and more take home pay. Black and Hispanic voters who receive insurance from their employer are even more likely to prefer a higher paycheck. So are workers earning less than $75,000 a year.
Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republican workers would opt for less insurance and a bigger paycheck. So would 69% of Independents. Democrats are more evenly divided. Fifty-three percent (53%) would choose the bigger paycheck and 47% more insurance (see question wording and crosstab results).
Current law requires insurance companies to offer comprehensive policies that cover just about all medical procedures. But, data released earlier showed that 75% of voters think they should be able to choose between a variety of health insurance plans that range in price based on the level of coverage they provide.
The desire for choice is consistent with the fact that most voters see competition as a better option than regulation for improving health care. Most believe new technologies will have a bigger impact on health care rather than new government policies. This is true even though voters dramatically underestimate the pace of tech changes in health care.
The preference for letting workers choose their own coverage is part of a broader national commitment to individual freedom. Ninety-three percent (93%) of voters agree with a sentiment sometimes defined as the American Creed: Every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same.
However, most see the federal government as an obstacle to achieving that goal. Just 32% believe that it respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) believe it is Very Important to provide every American with Access to quality health care. A similar number (64%) support the concept of single-payer health care, but not as the term is typically discussed in Washington. Senator Bernie Sanders and others envision eliminating private insurance options. Only 19% of voters support that approach.
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The national survey of 1,040 Registered Voters was conducted November 13-14, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a demographic profile of our sample). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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