A new poll finds Republicans and Democrats still cite healthcare as their top priority, but the focus of that priority is very different.
The poll from Politico and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health released Tuesday found Republicans want Congress to take another stab at repealing Obamacare. However, Democrats want Congress to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Republicans put Obamacare repeal on top of a list of 15 priorities, with 40 percent calling it an “extremely important priority,” according to a report from Politico. Another 33 percent found fixing the current problems in Obamacare was a major concern.
It was even greater than other priorities such as illegal immigration at 38 percent and cutting taxes at 35 percent.
Republicans failed to repeal the law after the Senate narrowly defeated a “skinny” repeal bill. The Senate did include repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate in the tax reform package that passed on Saturday.
The Senate and House are now reconciling differences between the two pieces of tax legislation, as the House version passed in November did not include repeal of the individual mandate.
Meanwhile, Democrats said their top priority was renewing CHIP funding, with 48 percent of respondents registering it as such. The program gives block grants to states to provide insurance to low-income children.
The program expired on Sept. 30, and some states are already starting to run out of money.
Reauthorizing CHIP nearly beat out stricter gun laws at 47 percent as a priority and giving more money for hurricane relief to Puerto Rico at 43 percent. Lowering high drug prices came in with 35 percent, Politico said.
The poll was conducted from Nov. 15-19 among 1,009 adults. It does not list a margin of error.