Majority of Americans dislike GOP health care plan

Ebony Scott
June 2, 2017

In a tweet Sunday afternoon, the president suggested that Republican leaders "add more dollars to health care" - a new concept for a bill that most Republicans pride for its fiscal conservatism.

But, as the Kaiser poll shows, changing something people are used to - even if they don't love it - is far harder than it looks.

In their home states Senators continue to face angry crowds at town halls.

Under the AHCA, state Medicaid expansion plans instituted by the ACA would be phased out completely by 2020. It's among Obamacare's most popular provisions, as protesters reminded lawmakers in town halls around the country.

We wrote a year ago of the Obama administration's continued advocacy of government subsidies to ease the impact of premium increases on those who must purchase insurance through the ACA exchanges. Whatever you think of the Affordable Care Act, it was debated in public.

The House's revised American Health Care Act would still leave millions of Americans uninsured. While offering few details, he's vowed to improve coverage and cut costs.

State officials and their lobbyists are pressing a group of US senators privately crafting a health care bill to save Medicaid expansion funds under the Affordable Care Act. More than a third thought the GOP bill would make it harder to get and keep health insurance, compared with 21 percent who thought a repeal would have that outcome. Among Republicans, twice as many say it fulfills none or some of the President's promises (59%) as say it fulfills all or a lot of them (30%).

About 75 percent of those surveyed say the bill passed by the House doesn't fulfill Trump's promises on health care.

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Last week, a Republican House candidate in Montana put his candidacy in serious jeopardy on the eve of Election Day when a reporter from The Guardian pressed him about an unfavorable Congressional Budget Office analysis of the GOP health care bill. A spokesman for Toomey said no one from the other side of the aisle had reached out on how to best address Medicaid.

The administration report found that premiums more than doubled since "Obamacare" took effect, but independent experts say it's not an apples-to-apples comparison.

Although about half of the public wants changes in the bill, almost three-quarters of those surveyed said it was very or somewhat likely that Congress will pass and President Donald Trump will sign a bill to “repeal and replace” the ACA.

After Trump won, relatively few people saw personal risks from his promised repeal of Obama's health overhaul. One out of seven Americans predicted that they would lose their health insurance coverage under the Republican health care plan.

That was reinforced by a recent report from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, which found the cost of the average policy on the federal Obamacare exchanges used in 39 states increased 105 percent between 2013 and 2017.

Acknowledging the concerns of those who fear Republicans will not get the 50 votes necessary to pass a bill under reconciliation, Cornyn said that the Senate needs to work on "a consensus bill".

The poll was conducted among a random national sample of 1,205 adults; overall results carry a three-point margin of sampling error. AHCA eliminates the additional 3.8 percent of taxes on incomes of over $250,000 which the Affordable Care Act used to pay for Medicaid.

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