Reducing Cost is Top Health Care Priority for Voters

Eighty percent (80%) of voters believe it is Very Important to reduce the cost of health care. A national survey found that 69% also believe it is Very Important to ensure that everyone has access to health care.

Data released earlier showed that dealing with health care reform should be a top priority for the new Congress.

Fifty-five percent (55%) rate ensuring that everyone can select their own doctor as that important. That view is shared by 58% of Republicans, 55% of Democrats, and 52% of Independents (see question wording and crosstab results).

Fifty-five percent (55%) also believe that getting new treatments to patients sooner is a top priority. Fifty-one percent (51%) say the same about letting patients decide if they want to try risky new treatments. Reducing waiting time for surgeries and procedures is Very Important for 48%.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters believe workers should have a choice between more expensive insurance with a lower paycheck or less expensive insurance with a bigger paycheck. If they had the choice, 65% of workers would opt for less insurance and a bigger paycheck.

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.

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The national survey of 1,040 Registered Voters was conducted November 13-14, 2018 by 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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