WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 1, 2022) – Americans overwhelmingly say they are frustrated with health insurance coverage that is difficult to navigate and unaffordable. According to a new Ipsos/PhRMA poll, nearly 9 out of 10 Americans (86%) agree that Congress should focus on cracking down on abusive health insurance practices that make it harder for people to get the care they need. The sentiment is shared widely among both Democrats (92%) and Republicans (84%). Voters overwhelmingly support policies that would lower out-of-pocket costs and bring greater transparency and accountability to the health insurance system.
“It’s time to bring the patient perspective to the health care reform debate and focus on immediate solutions that Americans value the most,” said Debra DeShong, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs. “That includes making sure insurers provide more dependable health coverage that helps patients get the care they need and lowers out-of-pocket costs for medicines. We are ready to do our part, and we remain committed to working with policymakers to improve our health care system.”
Voters Want Congress to Address Health Insurance
According to the the Ipsos/PhRMA poll, Americans would like to see Congress focus more on reducing the overall costs of health care coverage such as premiums, deductible, and copays (71%) over reducing the costs of prescription drugs (29%). This extends across party lines; 73% of Democrats and 64% of Republicans would like to see Congress focus on reducing overall costs of coverage.
Insurer-Imposed Barriers, Costs And A Lack of Clarity Pose Access Hurdles For Many Americans
Abusive Insurance Practices Are Deeply Concerning to Voters; They Want Insurers Held Accountable
Voters Prioritize Legislation that Tackles Insurance Costs and Barriers
The survey reinforces support for PhRMA’s patient centered agenda and commonsense solutions that would make the health care system more affordable.
The poll was conducted among 2,510 American adults using Ipsos’ gold-standard probability-based KnowledgePanel® representative of the American public. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2.2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of adults.
For more details on the Ipsos/PhRMA poll click here.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Over the last decade, PhRMA member companies have more than doubled their annual investment in the search for new treatments and cures, including nearly $101 billion in 2022 alone.