Two-thirds of the American people support expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) so that all Americans can pay for their health care tax-free during the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, according to polling conducted by John McLaughlin.
McLaughlin worked as an advisor and pollster for President Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign.
The polling data found Americans support expanding HSAs during the pandemic by a ratio of four to one – with 67 percent of respondents supporting the policy and just 15 percent opposing.
70.5 percent of Democrats and 64.7 percent of Republicans backed the policy. Importantly, the strongest support was among women, swing voters, and independents.
This policy could be accomplished by passing S.3546/H.R. 6338, the “Pandemic Healthcare Access Act,” introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Congressman Ted Bud (R-NC). This simple, one-page bill will cut taxes and enact healthcare reform.
Currently, there is a government requirement that HSAs can only be offered to Americans that have a high deductible health plan (HDHP). The Pandemic Healthcare Access Act suspends this requirement for as long as the coronavirus emergency declaration is in effect.
This will increase access to health care by making HSAs available to hundreds of millions of Americans- including those on Medicare and Medicaid, and those that receive care through the VA, Indian health plans, ObamaCare and any employer plan.
It will also help individuals pay for their deductible or any increased health care costs, allow HSA funds to pay for direct primary care, and allow telemedicine below the deductible.
The full polling data can be seen below (click here to expand image):