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Capitol Health Call
December 13, 2016

Fixing Obamacare Takes Back Seat, Poll Finds

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Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.

JAMA. 2016;316(22):2348. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.18025

The public ranks lowering prescription drug prices and ensuring that insurance plans have adequate health care networks as higher priorities than tinkering with Obamacare, according to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released just before the November elections.

Asked what health care issues the new president and Congress should emphasize in 2017, 74% of 1205 respondents said making high-priced drugs for chronic conditions affordable was most important, while 63% wanted government action to decrease the overall cost of prescription drugs. In addition, 57% prioritized making sure health plans have broad enough physician and hospital networks and 54% valued reversing high charges to see out-of-network physicians at in-network hospitals.

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