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The GOP Divide on Health Care

Michael Rainey

Wealthy Republicans are much less concerned about universal health care coverage than less wealthy Republicans, according to a new survey from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“Republican voters vary substantially by income on the question of whether the government should make it a priority to make sure everyone has health coverage,” the survey found. “Fifteen percent of Republicans in the top 1% say that this should be a very important priority. Three times as many — 48% — of the lowest-income Republicans agree with that statement.”

Democrats are far more united on the issue, with about 90% across all income groups agreeing that universal health coverage should be a top priority.

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