Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has released the results of the final poll in a series focused on the presidential candidates' positions on health care and the public's views of health reform. Based on a survey of 1,217 adults age 18 and older, the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008, Issue 11 (19 pages, PDF) found that approximately one-third of Americans report that their family has had problems paying medical bills in the past year — up from about 25 percent two years ago — while nearly half (47 percent) report that someone in their family has done without necessary health care in the past year because of cost concerns. The poll also found that voters believed making health care and health insurance more affordable (50 percent) and expanding health insurance coverage for the uninsured (23 percent) were the most important healthcare issues.