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Rep. Peter Welch, Protect Our Care, Hart Research Discuss New Poll on Urgent Health Care Priorities

By April 26, 2021No Comments

New Polling Shows Overwhelming Bipartisan Majority of Voters Want Congress to Address Prescription Drug Prices, Lower Health Care Premiums, and Expanding Medicaid

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Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) joined Protect Our Care and Hart Research President Geoff Garin to discuss newly released polling showing the health care priorities that voters want included in Congress’s next big legislative package. The poll found broad and deep support among voters for addressing skyrocketing prescription drug prices, expanding Medicaid, and reducing the costs of health care premiums. This polling underscores that health care remains a critical kitchen table issue for Americans and voters overwhelmingly trust Democrats to deliver on health care.

“Reining in prescription drug prices is a common sense move to protect Americans from Big Pharma’s price gouging,” said Rep. Peter Welch. “With skyrocketing drug prices squeezing more and more Americans, the time to pass these critical reforms is now. The polling confirms what we know — Americans overwhelmingly support these critical reforms. We have an opportunity now in Congress to finally succeed in lowering drug prices and make the changes we have been advocating for more than a decade.”

“This polling shows that health care remains a top issue for voters,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “President Biden and Democrats in Congress have already taken bold action on health care through the American Rescue Plan by expanding coverage, making insurance more affordable and addressing racial disparities, but there’s still more to be done. Voters want to see action on skyrocketing drug prices, and they want to see it now.”

“Health care continues to be a top priority for voters, and they expect Congress to address the outrageous price of prescription drugs,” said Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse. “The poll shows Americans need real relief from the skyrocketing price of drugs. That’s why Congress must give Medicare the power to negotiate for lower drug prices. Giving Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices is the single most effective thing we can do to reduce drug prices and help American families afford the prescriptions they need.”

“Lowering the cost of healthcare and expanding affordable health insurance coverage are top-tier priorities for voters. The survey results are crystal clear that putting these issues front and center offers a huge opportunity for President Biden and congressional Democrats to advance an extremely popular agenda that voters across party lines support and care about,” said Hart Research President Geoff Garin. “Democrats have the high side of the debate on these issues and Republicans would oppose a Biden-Democratic healthcare package at their peril.”