by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Twice as many voters say their health plans have gotten worse than say they have improved, according to a Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.
Thirty percent of respondents said their health insurance coverage has become worse in the past year, while just 15 percent said it had gotten better, in the poll of 2,016 registered voters taken Sept. 8-10.
Respondents also indicated dissatisfaction with health insurance on a number of other fronts. Fifty-five percent said they’re paying more for their insurance coverage. Twenty-four percent said they have lost access to their doctors in the past year because those providers were out of network. Thirty percent said they delayed or avoided emergency medical care in the past year out of fear of costs.
The poll was commissioned by the American College of Emergency Physicians, which said the findings underscore problems with high-deductible insurance plans, which require patients to foot more of the bill before benefits kick in. Health advocates have complained that many of the Affordable Care Act marketplace plans include hefty deductibles, which can hurt consumers financially.