By Pension and Benefits Editorial Staff
The majority of voters polled give the U.S. health care system a positive rating, they are satisfied with their own health care plan, and they do not want major disruptive changes to the health care system, according to a recent poll from the Alliance to Fight for Health Care. However, voters do want health care to be more affordable and provide more transparency in the system, so they can understand health care costs and what is driving those costs.
The poll found the following:
- Satisfaction. Eighty-five percent of voters like their current health care coverage.
- Health care system. The majority of voters gave the health care system a positive rating: 79 percent gave an excellent or good rating to innovation in treatment; 79 percent gave an excellent or good rating for high quality care; and 77 percent gave an excellent or good rating for choice in doctors.
- Cost and transparency. These are the top two concerns among voters: 65 percent gave a negative rating for costs that are affordable; and 62 percent provided a negative rating for transparency in pricing.
- Employer-provided care. Employer-provided health care coverage is popular among voters, and came out on top across all measures polled, particularly on choice, quality, and comprehensive coverage.
Health reform. The Alliance to Fight for Health Care noted that voters are adverse to major disruptive changes in the health care system. Seventy percent of respondents said that they prefer to build on the current health care system, with businesses and the government working together to offer a variety of coverage options.
“It is no surprise that public polls reveal the popularity of job-based health coverage, because we all know it is the high-quality, affordable coverage that people want to keep,” said James A. Klein, American Benefits Council president. “Less well known is that employer-provided health coverage is an enormous bargain for American taxpayers. A simple calculation shows that U.S. companies spend more than $5 on health benefits for every $1 of tax revenue lost.”
Klein concluded, “Americans highly value employer-provided health coverage, but they and lawmakers may not fully understand its economic value. Public policy should build on the employer-sponsored system so more people can share in that value.”
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