Health care is the most desired topic for the upcoming State of the Union address: 82% of voters voters want President Trump to discuss improving the health care system.
Health care is also the most important issue for voters in the upcoming 2018 congressional elections, according to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. A fifth of voters in battleground states consider health care to be their top issue.
The chances of repealing Obamacare this year are fading further, with top Republicans saying they hardly discussed repeal of the law during a Camp David retreat last weekend focused on their 2018 agenda.
Meanwhile, Republicans say talk of welfare or entitlement reform this year is also narrowing down to an emphasis on things like job training, not the broad overhaul of Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlements that Democrats have warned against.
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed new rules to let certain small businesses and trade groups band together to buy health care, in its latest move that could weaken Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces.
The expansion of so-called association health plans is part of a broader effort to encourage the rise of cheaper coverage options that are exempt from certain Obamacare patient protections and benefit rules.