Most Americans Want Lower Health Care Costs But Congress Can’t Agree How To Do It

Heath care policy has long been an important debate in the United States but it looks like it may be at the crux of the upcoming presidential debate, but not in a way that you might expect.  While it might seem that the two major parties disagree on how we should go about this policy, the battle over health care may be better left out of government hands completely.

At least, that is what the latest data tells us. Apparently while both Democrats and Republicans are searching for the next big health care proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), most people in the country do not want Congress to touch the US health care system. 

According to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, voters would, apparently, prefer to see lawmakers focus only on making a handful of changes instead of instituting a mass overhaul.  This might include things like protecting pre-existing conditions and taking on the rising costs of prescription drugs, as well as helping to protect consumers from surprise medical bills.

In the poll, it seems that the majority of Americans are greatly concerned about high drug costs.  As a matter of fact, as many as 68 percent of Americans believe that Congress needs to address health care issues, and drug prices are at the top of the list.  Also, 64 percent believe that Congress should focus on protecting pre-existing conditions and roughly 50 percent believe that protecting people from surprise medical bills should remain a top priority. 

Now, it should be noted that pre-existing conditions are currently protected under the Affordable Care Act but many voters have voiced more concern since Republicans proposed to replace the policy back in 2017.  Of course, while Republicans have been gung-ho about replacing it they have not yet been able to offer an appropriate replacement; and that might be contributing to the growing voter concern. 

But it should also be noted that while more than 50 percent of those involved in the Kaiser Family Foundation poll do not want the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark and groundbreaking health care reform law the two parties have vastly different respective opinions:  Approximately 83 percent of Democrats do not want the Supreme Court to rule against it, while 73 percent of Republicans want the Supreme Court to invalidate the law altogether.