Health care played a limited role in voters’ 2016 election decisions

screenshot_550KEY TAKEAWAY: Health care was not a leading factor in voters’ presidential decisions, even though President-elect Trump and Republican lawmakers have made it clear that one of their top priorities is the repeal of the 2010 health care law.

Americans are divided on what they want to see lawmakers do to the ACA with one-fourth of Americans (26 percent) wanting to see President-elect Donald Trump and the next Congress repeal the entire law while an additional 17 percent want them to scale back what the law does. This is compared to 30 percent of the public who want to see the law expanded and 19 percent who want to see lawmakers move forward with implementing the law as it is. Among Trump voters, 50 percent want to see the law repealed and 29 percent want to see it scaled back.

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What is really scary is among Trump voters, 52 percent say the cost of their health care will get better, 39 percent say the quality of their health care will get better, and 35 percent say their ability to get and keep health insurance will get better if the 2010 health care law is repealed. In general, the majority of Trump voters say President-elect Trump’s health care policies will be good for the country as a whole (71 percent) and good for them and their families (59 percent).

While health care was not a leading factor in voters’ decisions in the 2016 presidential election, President-elect Trump and Republican lawmakers in Congress have said they would like to move quickly in 2017 on several health care issues – including most notably, the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

The November survey, conducted after the 2016 election, finds overall public opinion towards the 2010 health care law is stable from previous months, with similar shares of the public saying they have an unfavorable opinion (45 percent) as say they have a favorable opinion (43 percent) of the law.

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One-fourth (26 percent) of Americans want to see President-elect Trump and Congress repeal the entire law, and an additional 17 percent want them to scale back what the law does. This is compared to 30 percent of the public who want to see the law expanded and 19 percent who want to see lawmakers move forward with implementing the law as it is.

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INSIGHT:

Blind faith?  Pharma companies pretty much celebrated the Trump election as they see it as a green light to conduct business as usual. This means continued annual price increases as well as high priced medications for certain health issues like cancer.  This is not good news for patients.

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Our prediction is that health care prices will continue to increase and while some in Congress will be quick to call pharma on the carpet Mylan’s CEO bailing on additional Congressional hearings on her company’s drug price clearly show that pharma companies could care less about public anger over drug prices.

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