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Polls: GOP’s Obamacare Replacement Proposal Is Unpopular; 66% Disapprove of Trump’s Handling of Health Care

Washington, DC, May 15, 2017 — How enthusiastic are Americans for the House Republicans’ health care proposal, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which aims to repeal and replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act?

Not so much, find two recent polls.

A NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, released yesterday, found that the Republicans’ Obamacare-replacement bill, which has received the enthusiastic support of President Donald Trump, has the support of 23 percent of those Americans polled.

On the flip side, the same poll found that 48 percent of Americans said the proposal was a bad idea with 43 percent indicating it was a bad idea.

That 25-point gap between good idea and bad idea is larger than the NBC/WSJ poll ever found for President Obama’s health-care plan.

Back in December of 2013, following problems with the rollout of the HealthCare.Gov website, 50 percent had said the Obama plan was a bad idea, versus 34 percent who said it was a good idea.

A second poll, released by Quinnipiac University on May 11, found that 56 percent of those polled said they opposed the House GOP’s health care reform legislation while 21 percent supported it.

This poll also found:

  • Except for an anemic 48 – 16 percent support among Republicans, every listed party, gender, educational, age and racial group opposes the plan.
  • Under the Republicans’ new plan, their health insurance costs will go up, 42 percent of voters say, while 11 percent say they will go down and 37 percent say insurance costs will stay the same.
  • American voters approve 64 to 32 percent of the current law which prevents health insurance companies from raising premiums on people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Voters say 75 to 21 percent, including 59 to 34 percent among Republicans, that it’s a “bad idea” to give states the ability to allow health insurance companies to raise rates on people with pre-existing conditions.
  • A total of 96 percent of voters say it’s “very important” or “somewhat important” that health insurance be affordable for all Americans.
  • American voters disapprove 66 to 28 percent of the way President Trump is handling health care.

The House-passed AHCA, among other things, would allow states to seek waivers from the federal requirements that insurers offer a specific package of benefits such as hospitalization and mental health treatment, and not charge more to those with pre-existing conditions such as cancer or diabetes.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not yet scored AHCA, which would show how the economic and insurance-coverage impact of the bill.

However, the CBO late last week announced it would release a score the week of May 22.  That notice, though, did not say whether it will include a forecast of how the bill would affect the number of Americans with health insurance.