|Why Republicans don't like Obamacare (Kaiser chart)|
The survey of 1,205 adults this month found that 70 percent said they understand Hillary Clinton's health care plan very well or somewhat well, but only 51 percent said the same of Donald Trump. Most respondents didn't rank health care high for the most important issue in who they were voting for president. It came in fifth among Democratic respondents, at 9 percent, and sixth among Republicans, at 5 percent. The most important issue for Democrats was the candidates, while the economy and jobs was No. 1 for Republicans. (Pie charts: how well respondents said they understood Clinton and Trump health-care plans)
Making sure health-insurance plans have enough provider networks of doctors and hospitals ranked third. Also ranking high were protecting people from high costs from seeing a doctor not covered by their plan, and providing quality information on health care provided by doctors and hospitals; the price of doctors’ visits; tests and procedures; and which doctors and hospitals are covered under plans.
"As with the health law itself, semantics matter in this debate over whether to include a government plan to compete with private plans," Rovner writes. "Even in describing the same concept, a much larger majority (70 percent) favored the idea of 'creating a public health insurance option to compete with private health insurance plans' than favored 'creating a government-administered public health insurance option to compete with private health insurance plans' (53 percent)." (Read more)