President Donald Trump and many congressional Republicans believe the new GOP health care bill will cover more people and cost less money. But a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that many Americans are skeptical.
Nearly half the country thinks the GOP plan will increase the number of uninsured and raise prices for consumers who have to buy coverage on their own, according to the poll from the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.
“What people really want out of their healthcare system is lower costs,” said Mollyann Brodie, who oversees polling for the foundation. “This is a warning sign that the public’s early impression of this is that it is more likely to raise costs.”
The poll — which follows release of the Republican legislation last week — may signal more challenges for the GOP, which is struggling to develop a replacement for the 2010 healthcare law, often called Obamacare.
Newsmax.com broke down the poll numbers like this:
On the number of people who would have coverage:
- 48 percent said it would decrease.
- 30 percent believe it would stay the same.
- 18 percent said it would increase.
About the cost of coverage for those who don’t get insurance through work:
- 48 percent think the cost would increase.
- 23 percent think the cost would decrease.
Breaking down that result by party affiliation, more Democrats believe coverage will decrease:
- 68 percent of Democrats
- 49 percent of independents.
- 22 percent of Republicans.
When asked whether people believed those with pre-existing conditions would be protected under the AHCA:
- 32 percent say fewer people would be covered.
- 45 percent say about the same number would be.
- 15 percent say more would be covered.
Regarding the future of Obamacare, 51 percent say it should not be repealed, while 45 percent say it should.
CNN.com added, “Among those favoring repeal, 24% want Congress to come up with a plan to replace it before they act to change it, but 19% want an immediate vote like House Speaker Paul Ryan argues is necessary.”
The poll also asked people for their opinion regarding the defunding of planned parenthood. According to the Washington Examiner, “About 75 percent oppose cutting off funds to the women’s health and abortion provider, while 22 percent favor it.” In its own key findings synopsis, the Kaiser Family Foundation wrote –
Majorities of both Republican women and Republican men support continuing current funding.
Share your thoughts on this latest poll and whether you believe it will play any role in the success or failure of the new American Health Care Act (AHCA). Do you think the numbers are representative of the sentiment here in Arizona? Let us know why or why not. Creating dialogue around the major heath issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!