Paul pledges support for McConnell

Pauline Gross
August 12, 2017

"If there's blame to go around, people from the states, the senators that promised to vote for it then didn't, that's who I think there needs to be a discussion with", Paul said after a Lexington event to discuss his proposal to create health care associations.

The GOP-controlled Senate failed to pass a health bill before it left for a summer break last week. Most prefer that they instead move to shore up the law's marketplaces, which are seeing rising premiums and in some areas few insurers willing to sell policies.

Notably, a large majority believe that Trump and the GOP are responsible for any problems with Obamacare going forward.

And by almost 2-to-1, most say it's good that the Senate rejected the GOP repeal-and-replace bill last month.

On Thursday, Trump's main mainstream media ally Fox News joined the president in lashing out at McConnell and congressional Republicans. No matter how much Trump savages him personally, there's no way McConnell will walk away from the opportunities presented by having a Republican in the White House and GOP in control of the Senate.

On three separate attempts in late July, McConnell fell short of the 50 GOP votes he needed to pass legislation scrapping Obama's law.

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"Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before", McConnell said, according to ABC affiliate WCPO.

This month's survey also probes the public's views about the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces, which allow Americans who don't get insurance through their employer to shop for and purchase insurance, with tax credits available to low- and moderate-income customers. Most of those who say it is a good thing say they do not want the law repealed at all (34% of the public overall), while fewer (23% of the public overall) say it is because they had concerns with the specific bill being debated.

Trump has frequently tried pressuring Democrats to negotiate on health care by threatening to halt federal subsidies to insurers.

Asked later Thursday about McConnell, Trump suggested that if the Kentucky Republican can't get health care reform, tax reform and infrastructure spending done, he should consider stepping aside.

The poll found that 52 percent have a positive view of Obama's law, a 9 percentage point increase since Trump was elected last November.

Kaiser contacted 1,211 adults for this survey from August 1 to 6 via landline and cellphone calls. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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