When it comes to the increasingly high cost of health care, Americans are most likely to put the blame on health insurance companies and the government, according to a survey from digital media company Morning Consult.
Among all responders, 30% said that insurance companies were most responsible for the high costs of health care, while 25% put the blame on the government and another 12% named the drug companies, Morning Consult reported.
Things change a bit, though, when viewed through a political lens. Among Democrats, 37% said that insurance companies bore the most responsibility, compared with 14% for the government and 14% for drug companies. Republicans saw the situation a bit differently, with government leading the way at 37%, insurance companies at 22%, and drug companies at 10%. Among Independents, 29% put primary responsibility on insurance companies, 25% on the government, and 10% on drug companies, the survey showed.
Among other entities included in the survey, 9% of all respondents said that hospitals were most responsible for the high cost of health care, 7% blamed physicians, and 2% blamed medical device companies.
The survey was conducted online during March 21-23, 2014, and May 2-4, 2014, among a national sample of 3,687 registered voters. It was performed by Survey Sampling International.