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Toplines - Health Care - October 20-21, 2009

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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted October 20-21, 2009

By Rasmussen Reports

1* Suppose the cost of health care services were brought under control. What would happen if the price of health care services went down? Would people spend less on health care or would they buy more health care services?

31% People would spend less on healthcare

42% They would buy more health care services

27% Not sure

2* Should employers and individuals buying health insurance be allowed to buy insurance plans across state lines? Or, should they only be allowed to buy plans approved for their state?

73% Employers and individuals should be allowed to buy insurance plans across state lines

20% They should only be allowed to buy plans approved for their state

7% Not sure

3* Anti-trust laws are intended to prevent companies and other business entities from working together in ways that limit competition. For more than 100 years, health insurance companies have been exempt from anti-trust laws. Should the law be changed so that health insurance companies are subject to anti-trust regulations?

65% Yes
12% No
23% Not sure

4* What would do more to reduce health care costs—more free market competition between insurance companies or more government regulation?

66% More free market competition

23% More government regulation

10% Not sure

5* Which would be better… passage of the bill working its way through Congress or no health care reform passed by Congress this year?

39% Passage of the bill working its way through Congress

49% No healthcare reform passed by Congress this year
12% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence