Findings from a GOP poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed the Affordable Care Act is not the top health care priority among Republican voters. Although jobs remain the No. 1 concern for Republicans, 67% considered the cost of health care and insurance “extremely” or “very important” to their vote. The poll listed Medicare as the second greatest influencing factor, with 61% of Republicans citing it as being important to their vote. Coming in third, the 2010 health care law ranked importance with 54% of poll participants.
Following the announcement of Representative Paul Ryan as Governor Mitt Romney’s running mate on August 11th, Medicare gained attention with Republican voters according to findings from another recent Kaiser survey conducted in partnership with The Washington Post.
The survey showed that 55% of Republicans prefer to keep Medicare from turning into a premium support system, as proposed by Romney and Ryan. Though 44% of Republicans lack a “basic understanding” of Romney’s health care proposals, 79% believe his approach would differ from that of President Barack Obama, and 80% feel Romney is capable of making the “right decisions” regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act.