Protecting Those With Pre-Existing Conditions Top Voter Priority on Health Care

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. asked 1,000 Registered Voters what Congress should do if the Court strikes down the controversial law. Not surprisingly, the top item on the list was for Congress to forbid health insurance companies from denying health care coverage to Americans with pre-existing medical conditions. This was an issue that Democrats campaigned on heavily in their successful campaign to win a majority in the House of Representatives.

Given a list of eight items for Congressional action, 51% of voters nationwide said the pre-existing conditions provision should be included in any Congressional response. Survey participants could choose as many of the eight options as they wanted.

Number two on the list, selected by 37%, 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. That’s consistent with data released earlier showing 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.

Thirty-six percent (36%) believed allowing children to stay on their parent’s health insurance until they are 26 should be in any Congressional plan. Thirty-four percent (34%) would like any American to be able to buy into the health insurance plans that are available to government employees. Twenty-five percent (25%) said Congress should act so that anyone can buy into Medicare.

If the Supreme Court upholds the judge’s ruling and ends Obamacare, 24% of voters think Congress should act to replace as much of Obamacare as possible. Nineteen percent (19%) want Congress to go further and ban private health insurance to establish a national health care system run by the federal government. That’s the Bernie Sanders plan which other data has shown is opposed by 81% of voters nationwide.

Twelve percent (12%) of voters don’t want Congress to take any of the above actions.

As always, there is a significant partisan divide. By a 66% to 18% margin, Democrats want the Supreme Court to save Obamacare. Republicans, by a nearly identical 65% to 18% margin, want the Justices to end Obamacare. Independent voters are evenly divided (see crosstab results).

It’s important to note that in this latest survey, did not ask individually whether voters supported or opposed the eight individual options. We simply provided a list and asked what should be included in a Congressional response to Obamacare being found unconstitutional.

In many cases, like with protection for those with pre-existing conditions and the desire for increased health insurance options, public popularity would be even higher than the figures above indicate. In other cases, like the Sanders plan to ban private insurance companies, it would not.

During the 2018 midterm elections, voters without health insurance were fairly evenly divided as to whether they would vote for Democrats or Republicans.

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The national survey of 1,001 registered voters was conducted December 16-17, 2018 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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