Ben Franklin on U.S. currency wearing mask Among the general public, those with health insurance say out-of-pocket costs are their biggest concern, with 42% listing it as their top concern. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A strong majority of Americans support an expanded role for federal government in health care—with some caveats.

The eHealth “Health Insurance Trends” report is a biannual survey on health care issues among different groups in the U.S. The report found that 83% of Medicare beneficiaries said they approved of the federal government taking action to lower the cost of prescription drugs by negotiating with pharmaceutical companies. The latest survey included political preferences, and on the question of government action on drug costs, found rare agreement among Medicare respondents of different political backgrounds, with strong majorities of Democrats (93%), Republicans (73%), and Independents (84%) expressing support.

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