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Democrats Prefer “Personal” Over “Public” Health Care Options (Guest: Dean Clancy)

April 26, 2021

Even democrats desire health care options with more personal control and freedom than restrictive public options.

AnneMarie Schieber interviews Dean Clancy, a senior policy fellow at Americans for Prosperity (AFP). AFP recently conducted a poll that shows 47 percent of all respondents favor the notion of a “personal” health care option over a “public” option.  A “personal” health care option is a health system that puts patients in charge of their health care, not the government. Think expanded health savings accounts, more choice for treatment, and ultimately lower costs due to better price transparency and more competition.

The poll revealed that an overwhelming number of Americans appreciate the quality of health care in the U.S. but think it costs too much.  A number of respondents were confused by what a “public option” is.  Clancy discussed how “personal” health care options could be a big sell for Democrat candidates because their base strongly approves of having more control over their health care.

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy
Dean Clancy is senior health policy fellow at Americans for Prosperity. @deanclancy