An exit poll from NBC News, CNN, and the Associated Press shows that healthcare is a top voter concern among Iowan Democrats; ranking ahead of issues like climate change or foreign policy. However, healthcare policy may not be the deciding factor of who people are going to vote for.
According to Kimberly Leonard, senior healthcare writer for the Washington Examiner, data from the AP poll found that 88% of caucus-goers said that “electability was important for the Democratic nominee” while 66% said that “having the best policy ideas was most important.” This shows that while healthcare is a top concern, voters are willing to overlook policy in order to have their party win this November.
Luckily, all of the candidates competing for the Democratic nomination are looking to expand federally funded healthcare, even though their policies and plans may differ.
According to Leonard, “Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have chosen to back Medicare for all, which would enroll everyone living in the United States into a private plan and abolish private insurance.” Senator Amy Klobochar, Joe Biden, and Pete Buttigieg have all endorsed a system where individuals would have the option “to buy into a government plan instead of a private plan.”
Sources: Washington Examiner 2/4; CNN Politics 2/4; Associated Press 2/4; NBC News 2/3