A new health insurance survey finds that working Americans overwhelmingly prefer to be the decision makers about their health insurance company rather than have their employer select it for them. Among those who currently have employer-sponsored insurance, a majority of 65 percent would like to be able to choose for themselves. In response to the question, “Would you prefer your employer choose your health insurance company annually or would you prefer to make the choice yourself?” only 22 percent preferred their employer be in charge. An additional 38 percent responded that they were either not working or their employer didn’t offer insurance.
According to census data, 66 percent of all people with health insurance in the U.S. receive their coverage through their jobs. That means that for over 169 million Americans, their options today are restricted to health insurance companies that their employers select.