Poll finds prescription drug costs emerging as a top health care issue for consumers

Health CareAssociated Press

A new poll finds that Americans strongly support government action to control prescription drug costs, regardless of their political affiliation.

The 2016 presidential candidates continue to spar over President Barack Obama's 5-year-old law that expanded coverage for the uninsured. But the latest survey by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that the public is moving on to other health care issues.

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Overall, 72 percent say the cost of prescription medications is unreasonable.

Big majorities support specific government actions:

— 86 percent say pharmaceutical companies should be required to disclose how they set prices.

— 83 percent say Medicare should be allowed to negotiate drug prices on behalf of seniors.

— And 76 percent say there should be limits on the cost of medications to treat serious illnesses.