Journalist says public is 'open to change' on health care

RealClearPolitics's Washington bureau chief Carl Cannon said Wednesday that the American public is open to change on health care, citing recent polling.

"If you're looking at this and you're a politician, Republican or Democrat, you think, all right, the public is open to change," Cannon told hosts Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on Hill.TV's "Rising."

"The public is receptive to pretty serious change and more involvement by the government than Republican officeholders might be comfortable with," he added.

Cannon pointed to a RealClearPolitics survey released Tuesday that found that 96 percent of respondents said health care was either "broken," "not working well" or "good, but not perfect."

Only 4 percent of those polled said the current system was "working well" and that significant changes should not be made at this time.

The same survey found that a plurality of respondents, 36 percent, said health care was the top issue currently facing the U.S.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE and other GOP candidates in past election cycles have campaigned on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.

However, once Republicans took control of Congress and the White House starting in 2017, they were unable to fulfill that campaign promise.

Democrats, in turn, campaigned heavily on defending the Affordable Care Act and protections for those with pre-existing conditions during the 2018 midterms, when they won back control of the House.

— Julia Manchester