WASHINGTON – The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future today released a new flash poll revealing that voters prioritize improving our current health care system over offering a new government insurance system, often referred to as the “public option.”

The poll, first reported by POLITICO this morning, finds that voters across party lines also prefer a presidential candidate focused on making those improvements over one who wants to expand government insurance systems, and majorities “believe that negative outcomes, such as increased taxes and fewer employer-based options, are more likely to occur than positive ones if a government health care program that people could choose were put into place – and most believe it would be unlikely to improve their health care or that of their family.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported Sunday that “[g]overnment surveys show that about 90% of the population has coverage, largely preserving gains from President Barack Obama’s years.  Independent experts estimate that more than one-half of the roughly 30 million uninsured people in the country are eligible for health insurance through existing programs.

The survey’s key findings include:

Voters strongly prioritize improving the current system over efforts to offer a choice of a government health care plan, and that prioritization extends across party.

Voters prefer a presidential candidate focused on making those improvements to our current health care system over one who wants to expand government programs and allow people to opt in, with voters across party lines agreeing.

Voters believe that negative outcomes, such as increased taxes and fewer employer-based options, are more likely to occur than positive ones if a government health care program that people could choose were put into place – and most believe it would be unlikely to improve their health care or that of their family.
           

The poll, conducted from July 17 to July 21, 2019 by Forbes Tate Partners on behalf of the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF), surveyed an online representative sample of 3,300 registered voters across 11 states regarding their views on the debate over America’s health care future.  The sample included 300 registered voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and New Hampshire.

 

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