- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better handle on health care than Republicans, according to a Retuers/Ipsos poll released Wednesday.

Reuters reports nearly a third of people in an online survey said they prefer the Democrats’ “plan, policy or approach” to health care compared to just 18 percent for Republicans — numbers that mark a rise for Democrats and decline for Republicans since a similar poll in February.

However, one-fifth of respondents could not say which party had a better plan, and another fifth “said neither party did,” according to Reuters.

The figures reflect the White House’s optimism after roughly 7.5 million people signed up for private health plans on federal and state exchanges from October to this month, even though Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced she will be resigning after the rocky web rollout of the health overhaul.

Republicans say many “enrollees” have not actually paid for their coverage and will find high out-of-pocket costs and narrow doctor networks on their new plans.

They also say the GOP is working on a comprehensive alternative to Obamacare, although it is unclear when it will be presented for vetting and a vote in Congress.