Since I practically never run across anybody without at least one horror story about health insurance (unless they’re on Medicare), I’ve been constantly surprised at the percentage of Americans who tell pollsters they’re satisfied with their private-sector insurance.
I should have guessed:
In addition, data from a Kaiser Family Foundation poll last year, compiled at the request of The Washington Post, suggest that the people who like their health plans the most are the people who use them the least.
Those who described their health as “excellent” — people who presumably had relatively little experience pursuing medical care or submitting claims — were almost twice as likely as those in good, fair or poor health to rate their private health insurance as excellent...
Insurers argue that a government plan could dominate the market, reducing consumers’ options. But in the private market, options are limited by employers who restrict employees’ choice of insurers and by insurers who restrict their choice of doctors.