03.18.2021 / Press Release
New Poll Shows Voters Want Congress and President Biden to Address Health Care Costs
New polling data released March 17 by Families USA and Hart Research Associates shows that whether Republican, Democrat, or somewhere in between, a substantial majority of voters want to see real health care solutions this year. They are particularly interested in lowering health care costs and addressing prescription drug prices.
The nationwide, online poll of more than 1,600 voters (fielded January 27 to February 1, 2021) underscores how COVID-19 has made health and health care reform a priority issue for people in America, regardless of political affiliation, race, location, or background. Frederick Isasi, Executive Director of Families USA, and Geoff Garin, President of Hart Research, discussed the results during a media briefing, Voters to Congress and President Biden: It’s Time to Go Big on Health Care Reform.
“Voters in America have made it clear they are looking for real solutions that will make their health care more affordable. They want to see policies that will address fundamental problems—going further to help families afford the care they need,” Isasi said. “No one in this country should have to choose between filling a prescription and putting food on the table. Voters want to see actions that deliver a healthy, secure future.”
Other key findings include:
- Three in four voters say health care should be a high priority for President Biden and Congress this year, including a strong majority of Democrats (91%), independents (75%), and Republicans (58%). These findings hold true across racial, geographic, and gender differences.
- More than eight in ten voters believe that the health care system today works more for the benefit of the insurance and drug industries than the average person—and this sentiment holds true across demographic groups and partisan lines.
- Voters are concerned that Congress will not go far enough to make necessary changes to the health care system.