According to a recently released Gallup poll, an increasing number of Republicans report that they are satisfied with the cost of healthcare in the United States. This poll result comes just as a major index from the Labor Department reports a 20% rise in the cost of insurance over the last year.
The poll found that just over one in four Americans are content with the current pricing and that general satisfaction with US healthcare costs is at its highest since 2009, but much increase is due to increasing Republican approval.
The Labor Department’s price index says that the cost of overall medical care has risen 5.1% since Nov. 2018. This includes costs for things like doctor visits and hospital stays.
Although all areas of healthcare have seen a jump in cost, one area has seen the highest increase: health insurance, which has seen an alarming 20.2% jump over the last year.
It seems that partisanship is responsible for this recent upswing of Republican support, the Pew Research Center said. It suggests Republicans sway favorably on this just as they have done on the economy. And it seems that’s not a wrong suggestion- only 9% of Dems are satisfied with current US healthcare costs.
As the cost of healthcare continues to rise in the United States, the issue is on the main stage heading into the 2020 election year. Democratic primary candidates have proposed several different methods of healthcare reform, from strengthening the Affordable Care Act to enrolling all Americans into government-run insurance systems.
This was on the hit list for the 2016 election as well, with Trump repeatedly promising to replace Obamacare. But nothing has been introduced and no plan from him is in sight.
House Republicans introduced their alternative version in October, but it appears to share a lot of traits with a plan that was defeated in 2017 so it holds almost zero chance of becoming law before the next election.