A new “Voter Vitals” poll conducted nationwide by the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future finds that most voters are “looking for health care policies that lower rising health care costs not new government insurance systems.”
Most Voters Want To Build Upon What’s Working
Health care will be the defining issue of the 2020 presidential election. However, a clear majority of voters nationwide reject new government-run systems that will cost voters more to expand coverage like Medicare for All, the public option, and Medicare buy-in. In fact, 70 percent of voters aged 18-64 with private coverage would rather KEEP their plan than buy coverage through a public option. Most voters want candidates to lower costs, build on what’s working and fix what’s broken – not start over.
Lowering the cost of health care in America is the number one priority of voters. It’s no wonder Americans are concerned about the impacts of a new government insurance system. A majority of voters are worried they will be forced to pay higher taxes under these proposed systems, a valid concern given some studies show Medicare for All could even “require the equivalent of tripling payroll taxes or more than doubling all other taxes.”
In fact, the poll found that 60 percent of voters believe lowering costs is more important than providing universal coverage, and 64 percent of voters would actually be unwilling to pay ANY more in taxes to ensure universal coverage.
FIXING OUR CURRENT SYSTEM
American voters are not ready to embrace new government insurance systems proposed by 2020 Presidential candidates. In fact, more voters (57 percent) support fixing what we have today, and 68 percent of voters would rather build on our current health care system than replace it with a new government insurance system.
Most Americans simply don’t want to pay more to wait longer for the worse care they’d receive under these new government insurance systems – they’d rather build on what’s working and fix what’s broken.
Plus, 67% of American voters are satisfied with their current health care coverage. Why abandon that for a costly, new government insurance system?
THE BOTTOM LINE
Most American voters want lawmakers to focus on solutions that help lower costs, build on what’s working and fix what’s broken – not start over. American patients should not be forced into a new government insurance system that would raise costs and lower the quality of patient care.