NU Online News Service, Feb. 4, 1:03 p.m. – The American Association of Health Plans, Washington, has started its own polling campaign in an effort to show that likely voters care about issues such as the cost of health care as well as efforts to “reform HMOs.”
Researchers from Ayres, McHenry & Associates Inc., Roswell, Ga., interviewed 600 likely 2004 presidential caucus voters in Iowa and 800 likely 2004 presidential primary voters in New Hampshire. Half were Democrats and half were Republicans.
The researchers found that voters in both parties say consumers should have the option to choose a health plan that offers basic coverage at a lower cost.
Regardless of state or party, more than two-thirds of voters agreed that governments should provide estimates of the cost of new health care requirements, as well as estimates of the effect of those requirements on the number of uninsured consumers.