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Lowering health care costs, drug prices, top policy priorities

Written by Diane Archer

A new Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll shows continuing strong bi-partisan support for Congressional action to to rein in the cost of health care and the price of drugs. More than six in ten Democrats and Republicans see lowering health care costs and drug prices as top policy priorities.

When asked how should government rein in drug prices, more than nine out of ten people surveyed said that the government should negotiate drug prices for people with Medicare. The survey did not ask people’s views on government drug price negotiation for all Americans, which Congress could achieve at no cost, by expanding Medicare to everyone in the U.S. exclusively for the purpose of ensuring everyone benefit from low drug prices.

More than seven out of ten people supported allowing people to import drugs from Canada. Of note, Kaiser Health News reports that some 19 million Americans import their drugs from abroad. The FDA appears never to have prosecuted anyone for doing so for personal use.

The charts below shows people’s top health priorities and people’s views on how to bring down drug costs.

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