Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

ACA increasing in favorability among Democrats, Independents and Republicans

ACA increasing in favorability among Democrats, Independents and Republicans

Many GOP lawmakers have campaigned and won elections over the years on the promise to scrap the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama's signature achievement that expanded health insurance coverage to millions of people.

Since Congress began debating repeal and replace legislation, there has been news about instability in the ACA marketplaces. This includes large majorities of Democrats (95 percent) as well as half of Republicans (52 percent) and President Trumps supporters (51 percent). Insurers have cited the uncertainty around health insurance markets caused by the Republican push for historically unpopular repeal legislation as one factor hurting them, along with Trump's threats to pause government payments to exchanges.

The Republican voter must ask his or herself this question, then: Should the party deliver on health care and, in the process, heal the divide between the pro- and anti-Trump factions or stick with the centrist establishment's thumb-twiddling, slash-and-burn to thwart the president and hand the Democrats a huge opportunity? If Trump continues to mess with Obamacare, as this poll illustrates, Republicans will pay a heavy price in 2018. There has been a 9-percentage-point increase in people who hold a favorable view since November. Sixty-nine percent of Americans agreed with this plan, compared to just 29 percent who wanted more efforts to repeal the law.

The GOP-controlled Senate failed to pass a health bill before it left for a summer break last week. While two-thirds of Republicans and Trump supporters report feeling "disappointed", smaller shares (30% and 37%, respectively) report feeling "angry".

The same number of people say that insurers decisions not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces will affect everyone with insurance.

Views of the ACA continue to improve across constituents from all political parties, with 52 percent of the public viewing the law favorably, according to the latest poll from Kaiser Family Foundation. "I think Donald Trump spoke to the American people during the campaign and that's why he's in office, because they're sick and exhausted of this kind of stuff happening in Washington, D.C., people saying, 'we can't do it, ' well why can't you do it?"

The poll was "based on telephone interviews conducted August 2-6, 2017, with a random sample of 1,017 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia". For results based on subgroups, the margin of sampling error may be higher.

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