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ISSUES II: Healthcare
The Washington Post/The Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health

July 25, 2000

This study was conducted by telephone July 5 - 18, 2000 among a nationally-representative sample of 1,183 registered voters 18 years of age or older. Included in the sample was an oversample of 176 registered voters who said that Medicare and/or Health care other than Medicare was an important issue in deciding who to vote for in the 2000 presidential election. The total sample of registered voters interested in Medicare and/or Health care other than Medicare is 614 adults. Field work by ICR/International Communications Research of Media, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

2. If the election for president in November 2000 were being held today, and the candidates were Gore, the Democrat, and Bush, the Republican, for whom would you vote?
(Asked of all registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
37
Bush
44
Other
*
Neither (vol.)
8
Don't Know
11
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Gore
46
Bush
32
Other
*
Neither (vol.)
10
Don't Know
11

2a. Who do you lean toward?
(Asked of respondents who say other, neither, or don't know to election 2000 horserace)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
26
Bush
29
Other
*
Neither (vol.)
27
Don't Know
19
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Gore
26
Bush
29
Other
1
Neither (vol.)
26
Don't Know
18

Q.2/Q.2a - Combined
(Asked of all registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
41
Bush
50
Other
*
Neither (vol.)
4
Don't Know
5
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Gore
52
Bush
39
Other
*
Neither (vol.)
4
Don't Know
5

2b. How about if the candidates were Al Gore, the Democrat, George W. Bush, the Republican, Pat Buchanan, the Reform Party candidate, and Ralph Nader, the Green Party candidate, for whom would you vote?
(Asked of all registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Al Gore
35
George W. Bush
44
Pat Buchanan
4
Ralph Nader
7
Other
*
Neither (vol.)
3
Don't Know
7
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Al Gore
42
George W. Bush
33
Pat Buchanan
4
Ralph Nader
9
Other
1
Neither (vol.)
3
Don't Know
8

2c. Who do you lean toward?
(Asked of respondents who say other, neither, or don't know to election 2000 horserace)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Al Gore
17
George W. Bush
12
Pat Buchanan
4
Ralph Nader
8
Other
-
Neither (vol.)
23
Don't Know
35
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Al Gore
24
George W. Bush
14
Pat Buchanan
4
Ralph Nader
6
Other
-
Neither (vol.)
23
Don't Know
27

Q.2B/2C - Combined
(Asked of all registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Al Gore
37
George W. Bush
45
Pat Buchanan
4
Ralph Nader
8
Other
*
Neither (vol.)
2
Don't Know
4
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Al Gore
45
George W. Bush
34
Pat Buchanan
4
Ralph Nader
10
Other
*
Neither (vol.)
2
Don't Know
4

3. Now I'm going to read you a list of issues that might be discussed during this year's presidential campaign. [READ LIST] Which of these issues do you think will be MOST important in deciding your vote for president. Here are the choices again...(READ LIST) And which do you think will be the second most important in deciding your vote for president?
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
 First MentionSecond MentionCombined
Education181634
The Economy111223
Social Security151429
Taxes111223
Crime61016
Moral Values15721
Medicare9918
Health care131528
Environmental Issues***
Gun Control*-*
Illegal immigragtion***
Money for Prescription Drugs*-*
Missile Defense Campaign-**
Campaign finance reform***
2nd amendment rights*-*
Bush-**
Honesty in Govt. officials--*
Abortion*-*
None/Issues will not be important111
Don't know222
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
 First MentionSecond MentionCombined
Education141226
The Economy5510
Social Security191432
Taxes5610
Crime347
Moral Values448
Medicare202142
Health care303363
Environmental Issues***
Gun Control---
Illegal immigragtion---
Money for Prescription Drugs---
Missile Defense Campaign---
Campaign finance reform*-*
2nd amendment rights---
Bush---
Honesty in Govt. officials---
Abortion---
None/Issues will not be important-*-
Don't know-1-

4. If a presidential candidate's position on Medicare differs from your own, how likely is it that this particular difference ALONE would determine your vote on election day?
(Asked of registered voters who think the issue of Medicare is one of the deciding factors in who to choose for president)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Certain to determine your vote
11
Very likely
20
Somewhat likely
40
Not too likely
27
Don't know
3
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Certain to determine your vote
11
Very likely
20
Somewhat likely
40
Not too likely
27
Don't know
3

5. If a presidential candidate's position on health care differs from your own, how likely is it that this particular difference ALONE would determine your vote on election day?
(Asked of registered voters who think the issue of Health care other than Medicare is one of the deciding factors in who to choose for president)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Certain to determine your vote
6
Very likely
23
Somewhat likely
39
Not too likely
30
Don't know
1
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Certain to determine your vote
6
Very likely
23
Somewhat likely
39
Not too likely
30
Don't know
1

7. Next, I'd like you to rate your satisfaction with the state of the nation in two different areas. For each of the following areas, please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, not too satisfied, or not at all satisfied. How about (READ ITEM). Are you (READ LIST)
(Asked of registered voters)

a. The state of the nation's economy
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Satisfied
79
Very
33
Somewhat
46
Net: Not too/Not at all satisfied
19
Not too
14
Not at all
5
Don't Know
1
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Satisfied
79
Very
35
Somewhat
44
Net: Not too/Not at all satisfied
20
Not too
15
Not at all
5
Don't Know
1

The availability and affordability of health care
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Satisfied
46
Very
10
Somewhat
37
Net: Not too/Not at all satisfied
53
Not too
30
Not at all
23
Don't Know
1
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Satisfied
34
Very
6
Somewhat
29
Net: Not too/Not at all satisfied
64
Not too
33
Not at all
31
Don't Know
1

8. Which presidential candidate, Al Gore or George W. Bush, do you think would do a better job handling health care?
(Asked of all registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
45
Bush
41
Neither (vol.)
4
Same
1
Don't Know
8
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Gore
55
Bush
30
Neither (vol.)
5
Same
1
Don't Know
9

9. Which presidential candidate, Al Gore or George W. Bush, do you think would do a better job handling medicare?
(Asked of all registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
46
Bush
41
Neither (vol.)
3
Same
1
Don't Know
9
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Gore
54
Bush
31
Neither (vol.)
4
Same
1
Don't Know
10

10. Now thinking specifically about health care...I'm going to read you a list of health care issues you might consider in deciding who to vote for in this year's presidential election. As I read each one, please tell me if you think it will be very important in deciding your vote for president, fairly important, not too important, or not at all important.
(Asked of registered voters)

a. Protecting patients' rights in HMOs and managed care plans
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Important
91
Very
70
Somewhat
21
Net: Not too/Not at all Important
8
Not too
6
Not at all
2
Don't Know
1
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Important
92
Very
76
Somewhat
16
Net: Not too/Not at all Important
6
Not too
4
Not at all
2
Don't Know
1

b. Helping people age 65 and over to pay for prescription medicines
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Important
92
Very
67
Somewhat
25
Net: Not too/Not at all Important
7
Not too
5
Not at all
2
Don't Know
1
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Important
97
Very
78
Somewhat
25
Net: Not too/Not at all Important
3
Not too
3
Not at all
*
Don't Know
*

c. Making Medicare financially sound for future generations
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Important
94
Very
74
Somewhat
21
Net: Not too/Not at all Important
5
Not too
4
Not at all
1
Don't Know
*
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Important
97
Very
81
Somewhat
21
Net: Not too/Not at all Important
3
Not too
3
Not at all
*
Don't Know
*

d. Increasing the number of Americans covered by health insurance
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Important
89
Very
64
Somewhat
25
Net: Not too/Not at all Important
10
Not too
7
Not at all
2
Don't Know
1
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Important
94
Very
74
Somewhat
21
Net: Not too/Not at all Important
4
Not too
4
Not at all
1
Don't Know
1

e. Regulating the cost of prescription medicines
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Important
88
Very
63
Somewhat
25
Net: Not too/Not at all Important
11
Not too
8
Not at all
3
Don't Know
1
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Important
93
Very
73
Somewhat
20
Net: Not too/Not at all Important
6
Not too
5
Not at all
1
Don't Know
1

f. Helping families with the cost of caring for elderly or disabled family members who need longterm help
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Important
93
Very
62
Somewhat
31
Net: Not too/Not at all Important
7
Not too
6
Not at all
1
Don't Know
*
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Very/Somewhat Important
96
Very
72
Somewhat
31
Net: Not too/Not at all Important
4
Not too
3
Not at all
*
Don't Know
*

10a. You mentioned more than one issue that will be very important. Which ONE of these do you think will be the MOST important in deciding your vote?
(Asked of respondents who mentioned more than one issue that will be very important in deciding their vote for president)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
a. Protecting patients' rights in health plans
15
b. Helping people age 65 and over to pay for medicines
16
c. Making Medicare financially sound
20
d. Increasing the number of Americans with health insurance
21
e. Regulating the cost of medicines
12
f. Helping families with the cost of caring for elderly or disabled family members
13
Don't Know
2
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
a. Protecting patients' rights in health plans
14
b. Helping people age 65 and over to pay for medicines
18
c. Making Medicare financially sound
18
d. Increasing the number of Americans with health insurance
22
e. Regulating the cost of medicines
13
f. Helping families with the cost of caring for elderly or disabled family members
14
Don't Know
2

10/10a - Combined (what is the one health care issue that is very important in deciding votes)
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
a. Protecting patients' rights in health plans
15
b. Helping people age 65 and over to pay for medicines
14
c. Making Medicare financially sound
20
d. Increasing the number of Americans with health insurance
19
e. Regulating the cost of medicines
11
f. Helping families with the cost of caring for elderly or disabled family members
11
Don't Know
10
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
a. Protecting patients' rights in health plans
13
b. Helping people age 65 and over to pay for medicines
18
c. Making Medicare financially sound
18
d. Increasing the number of Americans with health insurance
21
e. Regulating the cost of medicines
12
f. Helping families with the cost of caring for elderly or disabled family members
13
Don't Know
4

11. Which presidential candidate, Al Gore or George W. Bush, do you think would do a better job handling each of the following problems?
(Asked of registered voters)

a. Protecting patients' rights in HMOs and managed care plans
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
46
Bush
40
Neither (vol.)
3
Same
2
Don't Know
9
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Gore
54
Bush
32
Neither (vol.)
3
Same
2
Don't Know
10

b. Helping people age 65 and over to pay for prescription medicines
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
49
Bush
38
Neither (vol.)
3
Same
2
Don't Know
8
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Gore
57
Bush
29
Neither (vol.)
4
Same
2
Don't Know
8

c. Making Medicare financially sound for future generations
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
44
Bush
43
Neither (vol.)
4
Same
2
Don't Know
7
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Gore
54
Bush
33
Neither (vol.)
4
Same
2
Don't Know
8

d. Increasing the number of Americans covered by health insurance
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
51
Bush
35
Neither (vol.)
3
Same
2
Don't Know
8
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Gore
58
Bush
29
Neither (vol.)
3
Same
1
Don't Know
10

e. Regulating the cost of prescription medicines
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
48
Bush
38
Neither (vol.)
4
Same
2
Don't Know
8
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Gore
57
Bush
29
Neither (vol.)
4
Same
2
Don't Know
8

f. Helping families with the cost of caring for elderly or disabled family members who need long term help
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
49
Bush
39
Neither (vol.)
3
Same
2
Don't Know
8
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Gore
57
Bush
30
Neither (vol.)
3
Same
2
Don't Know
8

12. Regardless of how you usually vote, which party do you think would do a better job dealing with health care--the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Democratic
51
Republican
38
Neither (vol.)
4
Same
2
Don't Know
5
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Democratic
64
Republican
28
Neither (vol.)
3
Same
2
Don't Know
3

13. Regardless of how you usually vote, which party do you think would do a better job dealing with Medicare, the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Democratic
52
Republican
39
Neither (vol.)
3
Same
1
Don't Know
5
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Democratic
63
Republican
28
Neither (vol.)
2
Same
2
Don't Know
5

16. For each of the following areas, please tell me whether you think there is too much government regulation, not enough government regulation, or about the right amount?
(Asked of registered voters)

a. The cost of prescription medicines
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Too much
19
Not enough
56
Right Amount
20
Don't know
5
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Too much
16
Not enough
66
Right Amount
14
Don't know
4

b. HMOs and managed care
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Too much
27
Not enough
48
Right Amount
20
Don't know
5
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Too much
27
Not enough
54
Right Amount
15
Don't know
3

c. Health care
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Too much
28
Not enough
45
Right Amount
24
Don't know
4
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Too much
22
Not enough
51
Right Amount
22
Don't know
5

d. The quality of care in nursing homes
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Too much
8
Not enough
63
Right Amount
22
Don't know
7
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Too much
6
Not enough
70
Right Amount
17
Don't know
6

e. The safety of prescription medicines
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Too much
11
Not enough
38
Right Amount
48
Don't know
4
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Too much
9
Not enough
42
Right Amount
45
Don't know
4

Next, I have a few questions about Medicare, the program that provides health insurance primarily to people aged 65 and older.

19. To the best of your knowledge, is Medicare primarily a federal government program, a state government program, or a private insurance program?
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Federal
75
State
16
Private insurance program
5
Don't know
4
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Federal
74
State
16
Private insurance program
5
Don't know
4

20. Medicare does not currently pay for prescription medicines. Some people say it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure people age 65 and over are able to buy the prescription medicines they need. Others say this is not the responsibility of the federal government. Which comes closer to your own view?
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Federal government responsible
68
Federal government not responsible
29
Don't know
3
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Federal government responsible
76
Federal government not responsible
21
Don't know
3

24. I'm going to read you two proposals to help people age 65 and over to pay for prescription medicines. Please tell me which of these two proposals you would prefer. (READ ITEMS) Which do you prefer, expanding Medicare or government help to buy PRIVATE health insurance plans?
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Having the federal government help people age 65 and over to buy PRIVATE health insurance plans that would pay part of their prescription medicine costs
36
Expanding Medicare to pay directly for part of prescription medicine costs for people age 65 and over
57
Both equally
1
Neither
3
Don't know
3
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Having the federal government help people age 65 and over to buy PRIVATE health insurance plans that would pay part of their prescription medicine costs
34
Expanding Medicare to pay directly for part of prescription medicine costs for people age 65 and over
61
Both equally
1
Neither
1
Don't know
3

30. I'd like your views on uninsured Americans--that is, people with no health insurance at all. Would you say that more of them are.. (PROBE: Are they mostly EMPLOYED or mostly UNEMPLOYED)
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Mostly employed
45
Mostly unemployed
49
Don't know
6
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Mostly employed
42
Mostly unemployed
50
Don't know
8

31. In the past 10 years, has the number of Americans without health insurance increased, decreased, or stayed about the same?
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Increased
63
Decreased
15
Stayed the same
18
Don't know
5
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Increased
65
Decreased
15
Stayed the same
14
Don't know
5

32. Generally speaking, should the federal government work to increase the number of Americans covered by health insurance, or is this NOT something the federal government should be doing?
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes, should work to increase
72
Not something federal government should be doing
24
Don't know
3
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes, should work to increase
81
Not something federal government should be doing
14
Don't know
5

34. Should the federal government (READ FIRST STATEMENT) or should the federal government (READ SECOND STATEMENT)?
(Asked of respondents who say the federal government should work to increase the number of Americans covered by health insurance)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Make a limited effort/not require a tax increase
43
Make a major effort/require a tax increase
52
Don't know
4
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Make a limited effort/not require a tax increase
40
Make a major effort/require a tax increase
54
Don't know
5

Q32/Q34 SUMMARY
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Yes, federal gov't should work
72
Make limited effort/not require tax increase
31
Make major effort/require tax increase
31
Not something federal gov't should be doing
7
Don't Know
3
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Yes, federal gov't should work
81
Make limited effort/not require tax increase
33
Make major effort/require tax increase
44
Not something federal gov't should be doing
14
Don't Know
5

Presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush have each proposed health care reform to expand health insurance coverage for Americans who currently go without.

33a. Do you think (Gore's/Bush's) plan to cover more uninsured will lead to a big tax increase, or not? (PROBE IF NECESSARY: "Just your best guess") How about (other candidates) plan do you think it would lead to a big tax increase or not? (PROBE IF NECESSARY: "Just your best guess")
(Asked of registered voters)

a. Bush
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Lead to big tax increase
50
Will not lead to big tax increase
31
Don't Know
19
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Lead to big tax increase
49
Will not lead to big tax increase
30
Don't Know
21

b. Gore
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Lead to big tax increase
56
Will not lead to big tax increase
26
Don't Know
18
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Lead to big tax increase
48
Will not lead to big tax increase
32
Don't Know
21

Summary of whether registered voters think Gore and/or Bush's plans will lead to a big tax increase
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Only Bush
13
Only Gore
19
Both
37
Neither
17
Don't Know
14
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Only Bush
17
Only Gore
15
Both
33
Neither
20
Don't Know
16

33b. Do you think (Gore's/Bush's) plan to cover more uninsured will lead to too much government involvement in health care, or not? (PROBE IF NECESSARY: "Just your best guess") How about (other candidates) plan do you think it would lead to too much government involvement in health care or not?
(Asked of registered voters)

a. Bush
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Lead to too much gov't involvement
32
Will not lead to too much gov't involvement
49
Don't Know
18
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Lead to too much gov't involvement
31
Will not lead to too much gov't involvement
47
Don't Know
21

b. Gore
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Lead to too much gov't involvement
45
Will not lead to too much gov't involvement
40
Don't Know
15
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Lead to too much gov't involvement
36
Will not lead to too much gov't involvement
46
Don't Know
18

Summary of whether registered voters think Gore and/or Bush's plans will lead to too much government involvement
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Only Bush
26
Only Gore
51
Both
1
Don't Know
22
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Only Bush
23
Only Gore
52
Both
1
Don't Know
23

I'm going to read you three proposals to provide health insurance for people who don't have it. Please tell me if you favor or oppose each one?

39a. Do you favor or oppose offering uninsured Americans income tax deductions, tax credits, or other financial assistance to help them purchase PRIVATE health insurance on their own? (GET ANSWERTHEN ASK: Is that strongly (favor/oppose) or somewhat (favor/oppose)?)
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Favor
69
Strongly
33
Somewhat
26
Net: Oppose
28
Strongly
13
Somewhat
14
Don't Know
3
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Favor
71
Strongly
26
Somewhat
35
Net: Oppose
25
Strongly
13
Somewhat
13
Don't Know
4

If this proposal were enacted, do you think people like you would be better off, worse off, or not much affected either way?
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Better off
23
Worse off
13
Not much affected
60
Don't Know
3
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Better off
25
Worse off
11
Not much affected
61
Don't Know
3

39b Do you favor or oppose Expanding state government programs for low-income people, such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Programs, to provide coverage for people without health insurance? (GET ANSWER THEN ASK: Is that strongly (favor/oppose) or somewhat (favor/oppose)?)
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Favor
77
Strongly
39
Somewhat
37
Net: Oppose
22
Strongly
12
Somewhat
10
Don't Know
2
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Favor
82
Strongly
43
Somewhat
38
Net: Oppose
16
Strongly
9
Somewhat
7
Don't Know
2

If this proposal were enacted, do you think people like you would be better off, worse off, or not much affected either way?
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Better off
22
Worse off
14
Not much affected
62
Don't Know
2
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Better off
24
Worse off
11
Not much affected
63
Don't Know
2

39c. Do you favor or oppose A national health plan, financed by the taxpayers, in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan? (GET ANSWER THEN ASK: Is that strongly (favor/oppose) or somewhat (favor/oppose)?)
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Favor
38
Strongly
20
Somewhat
18
Net: Oppose
58
Strongly
19
Somewhat
40
Don't Know
3
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Favor
47
Strongly
26
Somewhat
20
Net: Oppose
50
Strongly
20
Somewhat
30
Don't Know
3

If this proposal were enacted, do you think people like you would be better off, worse off, or not much affected either way?
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Better off
23
Worse off
36
Not much affected
38
Don't Know
3
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Better off
27
Worse off
30
Not much affected
38
Don't Know
3

40. A law has been debated in Congress that would require HMOs, other managed care plans, and health insurance companies to provide people with more information about their health plan, make it easier for people to see medical specialists, allow appeals to independent reviewers when someone is denied coverage for a particular medical treatment, and give people the right to sue their health plan. Do you favor or oppose such a law?
(Asked of all registered voters)

CHALLENGE: 40aa. Would you still favor this if it meant that some companies might stop offering health care plans to their workers because the companies are afraid they might be sued along with the health plan? Asked of one half of registered voters who favor a law that would require HMO's, other managed care plans, and health insurance companies to provide people with more information

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Favor with challenge
49
Net: Oppose
44
Oppose Before Challenge
17
Oppose if companies might stop offering health care plans
26
Don't Know
7
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Favor with challenge
51
Net: Oppose
43
Oppose Before Challenge
16
Oppose if companies might stop offering health care plans
27
Don't Know
7

Summary - Do you favor such a law and if this law is enacted, will people will be better off, worse off, or not affected?
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Favor
81
Better
24
Worse
14
Not affected
42
Net: Oppose
17
Better
1
Worse
8
Not affected
8
Don't Know
2
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Favor
82
Better
24
Worse
10
Not affected
47
Net: Oppose
16
Better
1
Worse
7
Not affected
8
Don't Know
2

40A. A law has been debated in Congress that would require HMOs, other managed care plans, and health insurance companies to provide people with more information about their health plan, make it easier for people to see medical specialists, allow appeals to independent reviewers when someone is denied coverage for a particular medical treatment. Do you favor or oppose such a law?
(Asked of one half of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Favor
82
Oppose
16
Don't Know
3
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Favor
83
Oppose
14
Don't Know
3

If this law were enacted, do you think people like you would be better off, worse off, or not much affected either way? (Asked of all registered voters)
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Better off
36
Worse off
16
Not much affected
46
Don't Know
2
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Better off
39
Worse off
14
Not much affected
45
Don't Know
2

Summary -- Do you favor such a law and will people will be better off, worse off, or not affected?
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Favor
82
Better
46
Worse
2
Not affected
35
Net: Oppose
16
Better
2
Worse
7
Not affected
7
Don't Know
3
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Favor
83
Better
49
Worse
2
Not affected
32
Net: Oppose
14
Better
2
Worse
7
Not affected
4
Don't Know
3

BLAME AND INTEREST GROUPS

44. For each group I name, please tell me whether you think it's helping or hurting efforts to improve the nation's health care system? How about (READ ITEM) How about (READ NEXT ITEM)
(ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS)

 7/18/00: All Registered Voters Health Care/Medicare Voters
 HelpingHurtingNeitherDK HelpingHurtingNeitherDK
The Republicans in Congress4237614 3343816
The Democrats in Congress5429512 5921614
The American Medical Association*4733515 4437514
Health Insurance, HMOs, and managed care companies*226927 207225
The Clinton Administration*543457 207225
Drug Companies*246546 207234
Business groups*3837520 3441422
Unions*5427416 5522518
Trial lawyers*1769311 1467514
AARP, a national group pf people age 50 and over*799210 81928
* Asked of half of registered voters

45. Have you or a family member ever been charged too much money for (READ FIRST ITEM)?
(Asked of registered voters)

a. A doctor's visit
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
62
No
35
Don't Know
3
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
64
No
33
Don't Know
3

b. A hospital visit
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
61
No
36
Don't Know
4
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
64
No
33
Don't Know
3

c. A medicare procedure
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
54
No
42
Don't Know
4
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
57
No
38
Don't Know
5

d. Prescription drugs
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
65
No
33
Don't Know
2
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
69
No
28
Don't Know
3

Overcharged
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
High
39
Med
28
Low
33
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
High
28
Med
30
Low
30

46. Have you or a family member ever been seriously taken advantage of or "ripped off" by a (READ FIRST ITEM)?
(Asked of registered voters)

a. Doctor
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
20
No
79
Don't Know
1
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
21
No
78
Don't Know
1

b. Hospital
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
22
No
76
Don't Know
2
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
22
No
76
Don't Know
1

c. Health Care Provider
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
20
No
78
Don't Know
1
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
22
No
77
Don't Know
1

46a. Have you or a family member ever had a serious problem getting health care you needed?
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
21
No
79
Don't Know
*
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
25
No
77
Don't Know
-

47. Thinking about the health care issue, which candidate-Al Gore or George W. Bush-would do a better job standing up to lobbying groups and other special interests when dealing with health care issues?
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
41
Bush
43
Both
1
Neither
7
Don't Know
8
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Gore
48
Bush
33
Both
1
Neither
6
Don't Know
11

48. In general, would you say your health is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Excellent
27
Very good
30
Good
25
Fair
12
Poor
6
Don't Know
*
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Excellent
21
Very good
28
Good
27
Fair
14
Poor
10
Don't Know
*

49. Are you, yourself, now covered by any form of health insurance or health plan? This would include any private insurance plan through your employer or that you purchase yourself, as well as a government program like Medicare or Medicaid?
(Asked of registered voters)


7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
90
No
10
Don't Know
*
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
90
No
10
Don't Know
-

50. At ANY time in the past 12 months, have you, a family member, or a close friend been without health insurance coverage?
(Asked of respondents who are covered by any health insurance or don't know)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
23
No
76
Don't Know
1
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
24
No
76
Don't Know
*

Summary of 49 and 50

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Not covered at some time in past month
29
Covered continuously for past 12 months
63
Currently covered (not asked in past 12 months/Don't know)
7
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Not covered at some time in past month
29
Covered continuously for past 12 months
63
Currently covered (not asked in past 12 months/Don't know)
7

29. Is there anyone else in your household who is now receiving Medicare benefits? (IF YES ASK: Is that you or someone else)
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Yes
82
Respondent only
7
Someone else only
12
Both
6
No
75
Don't Know
*
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Yes
31
Respondent only
11
Someone else only
11
Both
9
No
69
Don't Know
*

51. In the past 12 months, have you, a family member, or a close friend had a SERIOUS problem with any of the following? (READ FIRST ITEM) How about (READ NEXT ITEM)
(Asked of registered voters)

a. Having enough money to pay doctor and hospital bills
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
30
No
70
Don't know
7
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
33
No
67
Don't Know
-

b. Paying for prescription medicines that were needed
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
29
No
71
Don't know
*
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
35
No
65
Don't Know
*

c. Getting health care that was needed
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
20
No
80
Don't know
*
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
24
No
74
Don't Know
*

Summary
7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Had a problem
42
Have not have a problem
58
Don't know
-
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Had a problem
47
Have not had a problem
53
Don't Know
-

54. Are you currently providing or arranging for care for an elderly or disabled family member who needs assistance for an extended period of time?
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
15
No
84
Don't know
*
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Yes
17
No
83
Don't Know
*

55. Do you or someone in your immediate family currently work in a health-care related job? (IF YES ASK: Is that you or someone else?)
(Asked of registered voters)

7/18/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Yes
25
Respondent only
9
Someone else only
14
Both
2
No
75
Don't Know
*
 
Health Care/Medicare Voters
Net: Yes
28
Respondent only
11
Someone else only
15
Both
2
No
72
Don't Know
*

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