March 19th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
6 years ago

CNN Poll: Americans say health care too expensive

A new national poll indicates that most Americans like their current health care coverage, but are not happy with the overall cost of health care coverage in the country.
A new national poll indicates that most Americans like their current health care coverage, but are not happy with the overall cost of health care coverage in the country.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new national poll indicates that most Americans like their current health care coverage, but are not happy with the overall cost of health care coverage in the country.

More than eight in ten Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday say they're satisfied with the quality of health care they receive. And nearly three out of four polled say they happy with their overall health care coverage. But satisfaction drops to 52 percent when it comes to the amount people pay for their health care and more than three out of four are dissatisfied with the total cost of health care in this country.

"When Americans say they support health care reform, that doesn't mean they want to lose their own coverage or give up their own doctor," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That's something that the Clinton White House didn't realize in 1993."

Half of all Americans say they are very confident that no one in their household will lose health insurance. But only 29 percent say they are very confident that they could meet their bills if someone in the household had a major medical emergency.

"It suggests a prescription for health care reform that Americans can swallow - start by addressing health care costs while allowing Americans to keep their current coverage and their current health care providers," adds Holland.

President Barack Obama is making health care reform a major priority, arguing that lowering health care costs will benefit the economy. Obama wants to create a $364 billion fund to pay for health care reform.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted March 12-15, with 1,019 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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