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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

What America Thinks: More Choices for Health Insurance

Republicans late last month unveiled an alternative plan aimed at fixing and replacing the new national health care law. Most voters still don’t like Obamacare and think it will worsen care and drive up costs, but they don’t want to repeal it altogether. They prefer instead to fix it on a piece-by-piece basis. Giving Americans more health insurance options is a critical, cost-saving change that most have been seeking for years. Here’s what America thinks.

Only 13% of Likely U.S. Voters want to leave the health care law as is. Thirty-eight percent (38%) prefer to scrap it entirely, but 44% would rather improve it where necessary. Current law, for example, now requires Americans to buy health insurance plans approved only for their state. The GOP proposes letting consumers buy health plans across state lines, and 66% of voters think that’s a good idea.

For years, voters have said rising costs are their number one health care concern, and voters reject Obamacare’s one-size-fits-all approach to health insurance plans. In regular surveys since January 2013, nearly three-out-of-four voters have said individuals should have the right to choose between different types of health insurance plans, including some that cost more and cover just about all medical procedures and some that cost less while covering only major medical procedures. Even more (85%) regularly say they should have the right to choose between plans with higher deductibles and lower premiums and others with lower deductibles and higher premiums.

In short, voters want choices, not government mandates.

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