Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – July 2017: What’s Next for Republican ACA Repeal and Replacement Plan Efforts? | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

KEY FINDINGS:
  • The July Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that most Americans (61 percent) continue to hold unfavorable views of the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including over four in ten (44 percent) who say they have “very unfavorable” view. The share of the public with negative views of the law has increased slightly in the past month, from 55 percent to 61 percent. Views of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the ACA continue to vary widely by party and a large intensity gap remains, with Democrats being nearly three times as likely to hold a “very unfavorable” view as Republicans are to hold a “very favorable” view (71 percent versus 25 percent, respectively).
  • Nearly two-thirds of the public opposes (65 percent) major reductions in federal funding for Medicaid as part of a plan to repeal and replace the ACA, and most continue to oppose these reductions even after hearing arguments in support of them. About half of Republicans and those who approve of President Trump support major reductions in federal funding for Medicaid.
  • Seven in ten (71 percent) Americans would rather see Republicans in Congress work with Democrats to make improvements to the ACA but not repeal the law, while one-fourth (23 percent) say they would rather Republicans continue working on their own plan to repeal and replace the ACA. Large shares of Democrats (91 percent) and independents (72 percent) would like to see Republicans in Congress work across the aisle to make improvements to the ACA. Trump supporters are divided with similar shares saying Republicans in Congress should continue working on their own plan (47 percent) as saying they want them to work with Democrats on improving the ACA (46 percent). Slightly more than half of Republicans (54 percent) want Congressional Republicans to continue working on their own plan to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.
  • The majority of the public thinks the current replacement plan being discussed does not fulfill most of the promises President Trump has made about health care.
  • About one-third (35 percent) of the public say they have heard or read about the report by the C.B.O. in the past month concerning the proposed health care plan that would repeal and replace the ACA, and few are aware of the details of the C.B.O. report. For example, just about one in five are aware that the report said the Senate health plan would increase the number of people without insurance and one in ten are aware that it would decrease the federal budget deficit over the next ten years. However, at least half of the public say that hearing certain estimates about the impact of the Senate legislation from the C.B.O. may make them “less likely” to support the plan.

 

 

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