Nov 28, 2018

Poll: Republican voters don’t want to tackle health care

Democrats and a lot of independents want Congress to tackle health care, but Republicans aren’t into it. That’s the takeaway from the Kaiser Family Foundation's latest health care tracking poll.

Data: KFF; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

By the numbers: A strong plurality of Democrats — 27% — listed health care as the issue they most want the new Congress to address.

  • Among all respondents, and among independents, health care came in second to immigration by just 1 percentage point.
  • But Republicans were more interested in immigration by a 30-point margin.
  • Among all partisan subgroups, “affordability and cost” was the primary health care concern. “Health care for everyone” came in last even among Democrats.

The poll also found widespread support for the Trump administration’s plan to put drugs’ list prices in their TV ads — even after hearing that the information may not be super useful to consumers (because people will pay different prices depending on their insurance).

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

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Why 50+ women care about 2020

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Many Americans still can't afford medical expenses

Reproduced from Gallup; Note: ±4 percentage point margin of error; Chart: Axios Visuals

The latest poll from Gallup shows more Americans are putting off medical care because of the cost.

Why it matters: Despite a declining unemployment rate and growing GDP, an increasing number of Americans say they are forgoing often necessary medical procedures because of the cost.

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