Our broken health care system has been a campaign talking point for generations, and 2020 is no exception. But what do people think is broken? What does your average worker, parent, student, or small business owner want fixed? My organization, the Foundation for Government Accountability wanted to know the answer to these questions.
When you ask more than 10,000 Americans in focus groups and polling what they want fixed in health care, you get some interesting and unexpected answers. The answers varied, but two themes were overwhelmingly represented: Health care remains top of mind for many Americans and they want more affordable coverage options.
To his credit, President Trump has focused on how to address these concerns despite the Senate’s failure to pass health care reform early in his term. Without legislation to make the broader health care changes Americans need, the administration was still able to use several tools in its executive authority toolkit to make progress on more flexible short-term health plans and association health plans (AHPs). The administration and Congress were also able to work together to remove the ObamaCare individual mandate and combat the opioid epidemic.