Survey Shows Out-of-Pocket Costs Top Health Care Concern for Voters
A recent national survey of 800 registered voters conducted by Public Opinion Strategies shows that health insurance premiums, deductibles and copays are the top health care concerns for Americans. In addition, a majority of respondents say they would prefer to pay a higher monthly premium in exchange for lower out-of-pocket costs. Americans support efforts that improve predictability in their out-of-pocket costs, ensure that insurers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) pass along negotiated discounts directly to patients at the pharmacy counter, and get generic medicines to market faster. There is substantially less voter support for dangerous importation schemes or policies that allow the federal government to set the price of medicines in Medicare based on the prices of medicines in other countries.