Technology, Competition Seen As Better Health Care Solution Than Government Policies

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters believe more competition between health care providers is more likely to improve the quality of medical than more government regulation. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 25% take the opposite view and 34% are not sure. By a similar margin (42% to 28%) voters believe competition would do more to reduce the cost of care.

As for the future of health care, 48% believe new technologies will have a bigger positive impact than new government policies. Twenty-nine percent (29%) take the opposite view.

These attitudes have generally held steady over the past year. Voters consistently express a preference for more choice and less politics in health care. Insurance coverage that restricts choice is considered “junk insurance” by a solid majority of voters. These preferences are part of a broad recognition that Americans have more power acting as consumers rather than voters.

Democrats are evenly divided on whether technology and competition is better than government policies. Republicans strongly believe that technology and competition is the better approach. Independent voters lean in the GOP direction but are not certain (see crosstab results).

Protecting voters with pre-existing conditions remains the top priority for voters in any health care reform. However, number two on the list is requiring health insurance companies to offer a variety of health insurance options. Voters want the insurance providers to provide a mix of  more expensive plans with comprehensive coverage and less expensive plans that cover only basic health care needs. If they had the chance, 65% of workers would choose less health insurance coverage and more take home pay.

The latest survey also found that 59% of voters nationwide believe that apps and devices monitoring health, fitness, and diet lead to improved health. Additionally, 76% believe that a person’s lifestyle choices have a bigger impact than medical care on a person’s health and quality of life. Those results are not substantially different from earlier surveys.

Health care consistently rates as one of the most important issues for voters. Democrats are generally trusted more than Republicans on the topic. However, in Election 2018, uninsured voters were evenly divided in the partisan preferences. Thirty-five percent (35%) of voters without health insurance said they’d cast a vote for the Democratic candidate while 31% preferred a Republican. Another 14%  expected to vote for a third party candidate, 6% didn’t plan to vote, and 15% remained undecided.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted July 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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