In January 2009, HCAN! and Lake Research Partners conducted a nationwide poll of 800 voters which shows strong support for a public plan as part of national health reform. The poll found, despite economic concerns, voters:
- support reform to provide health care for all, even if it means raising taxes;
- support reform even if it means a large federal government role;
- believe a public health insurance plan option will increase competition, contain costs, and help control the costs of health care;
- believe that a public plan will give private insurers incentives to control their costs and become more efficient, not less.
See the presentation of the polling data here.