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Monday, July 24, 2017

Associated Press poll- shift toward political left on health care is trending

Some interesting polling shifts as reported in the Maine Medical Association on line newsletter: 

Poll: Most Americans Believe Federal Government Should Provide Health Coverage

The AP (7/20, Alonso-Zaldivar, Kellman) reports “Americans aren’t enthralled with” the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"), “and they definitely don’t like” the GOP’s ACA repeal proposals, so what do they want as far as health care is concerned? 

A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, reports the US “may be shifting toward the political left on the issue, with 62 percent saying it’s the federal government’s responsibility to make sure that all Americans have health care coverage, while 37 percent say it is not.” 

In March, those figures were 52 percent and 47 percent, respectively.

The Hill (7/20, Savransky) reports about “80 percent of Democrats said the federal government has the responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage, while about 30 percent of Republicans said the same.”

Roll Call (7/20, Breiner) reports that the poll indicates more Americans advocate universal health care. 

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