Poll: Ahead of midterms, Pa. voters want lower medical insurance costs | Friday Morning Coffee

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Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

While the Inexpensive Care Act has trimmed the ranks of Americans without health coverage, and a landmark spending bill now before Congress will help further contain costs, nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvanians agree that healthcare costs are going up greater than other things they need.

That’s just considered one of the findings included in a recent poll by Consumers for Quality Care, a self-described “coalition of advocates and former policy makers,” that claims it’s dedicated to providing a voice for patients in our national debate over healthcare.

A 3rd of the poll’s respondents (35 percent) say out-of-pocket costs are too high, a 3-1 margin over the second place response that too many individuals lack health coverage (12 percent).

(Source: Consumers for Quality Care)

Greater than half the poll’s respondents (53 percent) said they’d skipped or delayed care due to concerns about high out-of-pocket costs. And that’s left many with sour feelings.

“Pennsylvanians are feeling the strain of inflation, and that features the costs they’re paying for gas and energy, food, and health care,” pollsters wrote. “In reality, 82 percent of voters say the quantity they pay out of pocket for health care appears to be going up every 12 months, and 74 percent feel that insurance firms nickel and dime consumers with out-of-pocket costs.”

Respondents also told pollsters they imagine that Capping costs and regulating pharmacy advantages are the policies that may do essentially the most to cut back health care costs.

The spending bill that’s now on a path to President Joe Biden’s desk allows Medicare to barter the costs of some prescription medication while capping out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D beneficiaries to $2,000 a 12 months, the Capital-Star reported on Thursday.

And, in line with the poll, state voters are prone to take into consideration a candidate’s stance on such issues as they forged their ballots on this November’s general election. Two Pennsylvania contests: the races for U.S. Senate and the Governor’s Office, are nationally watched campaigns this fall.

“Pennsylvanians want their elected officials to take motion to lower out-of-pocket health care costs,” pollsters wrote. “Greater than 7-in-10 voters (73 percent) say they usually tend to support a candidate who makes reducing health care costs their top priority, including strong majorities of persuadable voters (65 percent) and Independents (59 percent).

The net poll conducted by Impact Research sampled the opinions of registered voters between June 24 and June 29 The poll had a margin of error of 4 percent.

Senate Democrats and members of the Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus hear from expert panelists in a hearing on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, about Post-Roe reproductive health care in Pennsylvania (Screen capture).

Our Stuff.
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During a news conference Thursday, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and other Democrats touted the ‘historic’ advantages of the spending package that cleared the U.S. Senate last weekend. Story and video from me.

In Pennsylvania, a scrappy interloper — Recent Jersey — is dominating the state’s U.S. Senate raceDana DiFilippo, of our sibling site, the Recent Jersey Monitor, reports.

En la Estrella-Capital: Con el año escolar 2022-23 programado para comenzar en muchas escuelas de Pensilvania en las próximas semanas, los funcionarios estatales alientan a los padres y tutores a asegurarse de que sus hijos estén al día con sus vacunas. Y el gobierno de Biden ha comenzado a alentar a los proveedores de atención médica a cambiar la forma en que administran las vacunas para protegerse contra la viruela del mono, en un intento de quintuplicar las dosis.

On our Commentary Page this morning: How does monkeypox spread? An epidemiologist explains. And these 4 responses totally misread the stunning Kansas abortion rights voteClay Wirestone, of our sibling site, the Kansas Reflector, writes.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller)

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The Inquirer explains why Democrat John Fetterman selected Erie, a political bellwether, as the positioning of his comeback campaign rally. And Fetterman is planning ‘raw’ remarks for his return to the trail, the Associated Press reports (via WITF-FM).

The Post-Gazette takes up some unanswered questions about which Pennsylvania lawmakers received a subpoena from the FBI earlier this week.

The FBI searched former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence for nuclear documents, the Washington Post reports.

And a person who attempted to interrupt into the FBI’s Cincinnati field office was shot and killed by law enforcement after a standoff, Talking Points Memo reports.

A newly filed lawsuit argues that Pennsylvania’s child abuse lawsuit is unconstitutional and names innocent people, PennLive reports.

State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton, wants to revive a mechanism in state law that could have provided a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of dollars of property tax relief to homeowners, the Morning Call reports.

Gas prices have dipped below $4-a-gallon at some NEPA gas stations, the Residents’ Voice reports.

Temple University has made masks optional for the autumn term — however the news is being met with a mixed response, WHYY-FM reports.

Here’s your #Pennsylvania Instagram of the Day:

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WolfWatch
Gov. Tom Wolf heads to Philadelphia for a pair of events today. At 10 a.m, he’ll join lawmakers on the William C. Goodridge Freedom Center to rejoice the state’s Black history. At 1 p.m, Wolf joins Democratic Reps. Joanna McClinton and Jordan Harris, in addition to Sens. Vincent Hughes and Nikil Saval, and advocates to debate the state’s recent Whole Home Repair Program and other housing initiatives included in the brand new state budget.

You Say It’s Your Birthday Dept
Best wishes exit this morning to Samantha Heckel, within the office of state Treasurer Stacy Garrity, who celebrates today. Congratulations.

Heavy Rotation
Here’s a song that just seems like summer, from DJ/producer Calvin Harris, with support from Frank Ocean and Migos, it’s ‘Slide.’

Friday’s Gratuitous Soccer Link
As is its custom, The Guardian runs down the ten things to stay up for on this weekend’s round of Premier League motion, including Sunday’s London showdown between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Me? I’ll be watching to see if Aston Villa can get well from its pretty hapless season opener against Bournemouth last week because it faces Everton on Saturday.

And now you’re up so far.

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