In Health Care, Voters See Competition As Better Than Regulation

Voters have more confidence in competition than government regulation to improve the nation’s health care system.

In terms of reducing cost, 51% of voters nationwide believe that more competition is the better approach. A national survey found that just 21% believe increasing regulation would be more likely to succeed. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure.

As for increasing the quality of medical care, 44% prefer competition, 19% regulation, and 37% are not sure (see question wording and results).

Republican voters overwhelmingly believe that increased competition is the better approach. Independent voters favor competition by a 2-to-1 margin while Democrats are divided. In terms of reducing costs, 42% of Democrats believe competition would be better while 33% prefer regulation. As for improving the quality of care, 35% of Democrats think competition would do more while 29% pick regulation.

This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 6-7, 2018 for by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Data released earlier showed that just 30% rate the health care system as good or excellent. However, 68% say the medical care they receive as good or excellent and 67% say the same about their insurance coverage. Seventy-four percent (74%) also rate their current health as good or excellent.

The preference for competition is consistent with the deep commitment of Americans to individual freedom. Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters believe that freedom is more important than democracy.

Health care is one of the top issues on the minds of voters this year. Sixty-eight percent (68%) believe it is Very Important to provide every American with access to quality health care. As the midterm elections approach, voters are more likely to trust Democrats than Republicans to address health care topics.

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