Stories by Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation

Voters aren't buying Trump's promises of a health care plan

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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

New polling shows that most of the public does not think President Trump has or will have a health care plan.

Driving the news: The results of the latest Kaiser Family Foundation’s tracking poll, which will be out Tuesday, show that most Republicans are sticking with Trump, but few other voters are buying his repeated promises about delivering a “phenomenal health plan.”

Employer-based coverage is unaffordable for low-wage workers

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Employer-based health insurance isn’t a monolith — the cost and generosity of that coverage varies widely. And that likely affects how open workers would be to “Medicare for All” or a public insurance option.

The big picture: Democrats’ health care plans would offer a better deal to many low-wage workers than to their higher-wage counterparts.

Workers aren't so sure "Medicare for All" would raise their wages

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Advocates of a single-payer system may have a hard time persuading workers that their wages would go up if their employer-based health care went away.

Why it matters: “Medicare for All” would bring an enormous amount of change to the health system, and the disruption of employer-based insurance is already an important political flashpoint.