Health care remains a top priority for Americans (69 percent of U.S. voters),REF who are concerned about cost, accessREF and choice.REF
Many current health care proposals shift control and decision-making to the government—and do not provide what Americans want.
- A majority of Americans oppose a plan that would, under a Medicare for All health care system, decrease access, increase costs, and decrease choices by:REF
- Creating “[l]onger wait times to receive health care treatment” (82 percent)
- Imposing “[m]andatory waiting periods for care” (79 percent)
- Providing “[f]ewer options for health care providers…and treatments” (76 percent)
- “Elimin[ating] Medicare” (75 percent)
- “Increasing taxes” (69 percent)
- “Elimin[ating] Medicaid” (68 percent)
- “Elimin[ating] private insurance” (62 percent)
Public opinion is in flux, and malleable based on how the debate is framed.
- According to pollster Dr. Whit Ayres, founder and president of the North Star Opinion Research Corporation: “The numbers that you are going to see…are not in any way cut in stone. They are just a starting point for talking about health care, and they will move all over the place depending on which side is more persuasive in getting its points across. … [If those]in Congress leave the field without concrete health policy alternatives, forfeiting that game only hands victory to those who are campaigning for a single-payer plan.”REF
Americans support plans that lower costs, give them access to high quality of care, and put them in the driver’s seat.REF Americans agree:
- America’s health care system should be the best in the world. It should offer lower costs and higher-quality care than it does today. (97 percent)
- Health care policy should empower people—not government bureaucrats or insurance companies—to make decisions for their themselves and their own families. (94 percent)
Almost all Americans are likely to support a health care plan that increases access, lowers costs, and improves choice. They want a plan that will:
- “Encourage health care innovations and options” (96 percent)
- “Use proven tools to help people with pre-existing conditions get care without raising costs for other Americans” (96 percent)
- “Lower health insurance premiums for individuals by as much as 32 percent” (94 percent)
- “Allow more people access to personalized private coverage over government-run health programs like Medicare” (85 percent)
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