American attitudes on health care are diverse and often conflicted.
A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds few areas of great consensus among Americans on health care, except perhaps a wish that prices were lower.
For starters, very few voters of any political persuasion believe health care is the biggest issue facing the country.
Only 7 percent of Democrats, 7 percent of Republicans and 10 percent of independents identified the issue as their top priority.
Jobs and the economy was the top issue for the largest number of voters, including 31 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of Republicans.
Opinions are varied about what to do with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, even among the political groups.
While 60 percent of Republicans believe the health law should be repealed, they are split on whether it should be replaced with an alternative aimed at expanding coverage.
Twenty-six percent support no replacement, while 34 percent support the “repeal and replace” promise that has been the official mantra of the GOP since the PPACA’s passage in 2010.
Twenty-one percent of Republicans believe the PPACA should be maintained and built upon, while 9 percent support a single-payer style plan.
Among Democrats, only 9 percent support any type of PPACA repeal plan. The majority (54 percent) support maintaining and building upon the health law, while a third support establishing a government-run system.
Independents characteristically display the greatest diversity of opinion, but the bottom line is that most of them do not appear interested in going to the pre-Obamacare days.
Only a quarter of independents support repeal, and they are evenly divided on what to do afterward. Just as many independents support a single payer system, but the plurality –– 36 percent –– support working within the PPACA system.