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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

What America Thinks: Americans Want Freedom to Choose Health Insurance

Voters still haven’t warmed up to President Obama’s health care reform law for a variety of reasons, and one thing they’ve been consistently adamant about is personal choice when it comes to health insurance coverage. What does that mean? We decided to find out what America thinks.

The majority of voters have consistently rated their own health insurance coverage as good or excellent. But more than ever (39%) say they have had to change that coverage because of Obamacare, and they don't appreciate one-size-fits-all, government-mandated changes in their health insurance. Sizable majorities believe individuals should have the right to choose between insurance plans that cost more and cover nearly all medical procedures and plans that cost less but cover only major medical procedures. They also say Americans should be able to choose between plans with higher deductibles and lower premiums and lower premiums with higher deductibles. Voters think, too, that individuals and employers should be allowed to buy health insurance plans across state lines rather than ones limited to their state.

The cost of health care cost has long been Americans' number one health care concern, and 61% think more free market competition is the best way to reduce those costs. Half say the same of letting states compete to determine the most effective standards and guidelines rather than having the federal government mandate a single set of standards.

Regardless of their views on Obamacare, it’s clear what voters really want in health care: choice.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.