Voters Want More Choice In Health Insurance Options

Rather than being required to buy comprehensive health insurance that covers just about all medical procedures, 75% of voters think they should be able to choose between health insurance plans that range in price based on the level of coverage they provide.

A survey found that the desire for more choice extends to health insurance received from an employer. Seventy-eight percent (78%) believe workers should be given a choice between accepting a lower salary with more expensive health insurance or a higher salary with less expensive health insurance.

And, 89% believe older Americans should have a choice between Medicare and private insurance options (see question wording and crosstab results).

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 national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted September 23-24, 2018 for by 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.

Data released earlier showed that 73% of voters believe their medical care is good or excellent. Seventy-one percent (71%) say the same about their health insurance coverage. However, just 34% rate the health care system as good or excellent.

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.

At some point in their life, 38% of American voters have put off a doctor’s visit due to the costs involved. Additionally, 35% have been unable at some point to schedule a doctor’s appointment when they needed one; 33% have failed to fill a prescription due to cost concerns; and, 26% have been unable to find a doctor covered by their insurance company.

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