Jun 16, 2018

Between the lines: Health care is top voter priority in 2018

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Data: NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey; Note: Survey conducted June 1-4, 2018 amongst 900 registered voters; CHART: Kerrie Vila /Axios

Health care has always been near the top of voters' priorities, but lately it's been the No. 1 issue in a slew of recent polls — including NBC News/Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and Quinnipiac.

Between the lines: That's driven largely by Democratic voters, who are intensely interested in the issue this year. (Republicans and independents still cite the economy as their top priority, but health care isn't far behind.)

  • So Democratic voters will drive a lot of the discussion on health care in the midterms — and they're not happy about the ACA repeal efforts.
  • But there's also strong bipartisan concern about the opioid crisis — and a strong feeling from all voters that the federal government hasn't done enough about it.

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Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez is launching a battleground states tour — starting with a stop Thursday in Miami — to raise concerns about President Trump's approach to health care.

Why it matters: Health care is the top issue for voters in survey after survey and may be Democrats' greatest strength heading into the 2020 elections, while impeachment and Iran are less clear winners.

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The health care debate we ought to be having

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Americans worry a lot about how to get and pay for good health care, but the 2020 presidential candidates are barely talking about what's at the root of these problems: Almost every incentive in the U.S. health care system is broken.

Why it matters: President Trump and most of the Democratic field are minimizing the hard conversations with voters about why health care eats up so much of each paycheck and what it would really take to change things.

66% of Americans want John Bolton to testify

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Two-thirds of Americans surveyed want former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial, according to a Quinnipiac national poll of 1,562 voters released Monday.

Why it matters: Bolton, who is believed to have been a prolific note-taker with key insights into President Trump's decision-making on Ukraine, said earlier this month that he would be willing to testify if subpoenaed by the Senate. Popular support for Bolton's testimony could put pressure on moderate Republican senators to vote to call him as a witness.

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