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Americans want Trump and Congress to make ObamaCare work: survey

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 August, 2017, 4:11am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 August, 2017, 5:13am

Move on. That’s what most Americans said Congress and the Trump administration should do after the Senate failed to approve legislation in July to revamp the Affordable Care Act, according to a survey this month.

Nearly 8 in 10 Americans said President Donald Trump should be trying to make the health law work, according to poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. This includes large majorities of Democrats (95 per cent) as well as half of Republicans (52 per cent) and Trump’s supporters (51 per cent).

Almost 6 in 10 people think the Republicans should work with Democrats to improve the health law.

Only 17 per cent of the public and 40 per cent of Republicans think the Trump administration should take steps to make the health law fail, the survey said.

Trump has threatened to end funding to insurers to cover cost-sharing subsidies that cover the out-of-pocket health expenses for millions of low-income people buying coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges. Insurers said such a move would force them to leave the health law marketplaces or raise premiums.

Nearly two-thirds of the public oppose the president’s negotiating tactics, the survey said.

Just 21 per cent of respondents but 49 per cent of Republicans want the GOP to continue working on a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the survey said.

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The GOP-controlled Senate failed to pass a health bill before it left for a summer break last week. The House in May passed a bill to partially repeal the law and drastically cut Medicaid.

About 60 per cent of people said that Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for any problems with the health law. Trump has said the public will blame Democrats for any problems.

The health law is more popular than ever with 52 per cent of respondents saying they hold a favourable view of it. There has been a 9-percentage-point increase in people who hold a favourable view since November.

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Still, confusion about the law remains.

Even though only about 10 million people receive coverage through the marketplaces, about 60 per cent of Americans believe that their family will be negatively affected by rising premiums in the marketplaces.

The same number of people said that insurers’ decisions not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces will affect everyone with insurance. Marketplace coverage affects only those buying individual insurance and not those who get job-based plans or Medicare or Medicaid.

The poll of 1,211 adults was conducted August 1- 6. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.