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Access to affordable care top priority among voters

Written by Diane Archer

A new Kaiser Health poll shows that Medicare’s future and access to affordable health care are top priorities for two out of three voters. More than half of voters see Medicaid, prescription drug costs and the Affordable Care Act as top issues. They want Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to be talking about them.

Voters see Clinton as better able to address health care cost and access issues than Trump. (See chart below.) But, they are pessimistic about both candidates’ abilities to improve their access to affordable care.

Interestingly about the same percentage of older voters trust Trump on addressing the future of Medicare (44 percent) as Clinton (47 percent).

And the Affordable Care Act continues to enjoy only moderate public support, with 40 percent of the public having a positive view of it and 42 percent having a negative view of it.

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