Candidate Donald Trump focused much of his campaign on repealing and replacing Obamacare. In a strange twist – President Donald Trump’s efforts to do just that may be making the nation’s health law even more popular. According to two new polls, most Americans now favor keeping and fixing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Half of Americans say they have little to no confidence that Republican efforts to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act would make things better, according to results from the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Fifty percent say they have little to no confidence that these GOP efforts would improve things – a 16-point increase from February’s NBC/WSJ poll, which was taken before House Republicans pulled their health-care legislation from the floor in March. (Republicans are trying to revive the legislation, but there still isn’t a definite path forward.)
A separate ABC News/Washington Post poll found that most Americans now favor keeping and fixing Obamacare as opposed to repealing and replacing it. ABC News put together a short video on the results. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.
According to the Washington Post – one of the major concerns, among many Americans, is the possibility of losing one of the key provisions provided by Obamacare.
Large majorities oppose the ideas at the heart of the most recent GOP negotiations to forge a plan that could pass in the House. These would allow states to choose whether to keep the ACA’s insurance protection for people with preexisting medical problems and its guarantee of specific health benefits.
Public sentiment is particularly lopsided in favor of an aspect of the current health-care law that blocks insurers from charging more or denying coverage to customers with medical conditions. Roughly 8 in 10 Democrats, 7 in 10 independents and even a slight majority of Republicans say that should continue to be a national mandate, rather than an option for states to retain or drop.
Newsweek Magazine shared a few of the President’s recent tweets on this issue including on that read, “ObamaCare is in a death spiral!,” and another that vowed, “If our healthcare plan is approved, you will see real healthcare and premiums will start tumbling down.”
Share your thoughts on the recent polls and whether you believe they reflect the sentiments of the people of our state. And if you could send a message to our legislators about the future of health coverage for Arizonans…..what would that message be? Generating meaningful conversations around important health issues is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!