New Poll Raises New Concerns

A majority of Americans are unhappy with the American Health Care Act recently passed by the House, and want the Senate to either make significant changes to it or shoot it down. That – according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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From the Washington Post:

Most Americans hold an unfavorable view of the House-passed health-care bill and want the Senate to change it substantially or block it entirely, according to the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.

A 55 percent majority of Americans view the Republican-backed American Health Care Act negatively, the same proportion who want the Senate to make major changes to the legislation or reject it, the survey finds. Only 8 percent want the legislation, which would repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, approved as it now stands.

According to TheHill.com, “The poll also addressed public views on the personal impact of ObamaCare repeal. Nearly half of those surveyed said they think their families’ health costs will get worse under the replacement plan, up from 28 percent who said so in December. About a third also said that they expect both their quality of care and their access to care to get worse.”

National Public Radio (NPR) ran an online headline that read – Poll: Americans Increasingly Think Their Health Care Will Get Worse. Below is an excerpt from the NPR story.

“This is the kind of information that they’ve been dreading,” Joe Antos, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, says of GOP leaders. “They could see the negative reaction that the House bill got, and clearly, they recognize that their job is to come up with something that will work better politically and, ideally, work better for the people that will be most affected.”

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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report last week that indicated the health care bill passed in the House would result in 23 million fewer people having health insurance than if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were left in place.

ABC News added, “In the poll, 3 in 4 people said they don’t think the narrowly-passed House bill fulfills most of Trump’s (campaign) promises. Thirty-five percent said it fulfilled none of his promises, while 40 percent said the bill fulfills some Trump promises. Only 4 percent said the GOP bill fulfilled all of the president’s promises, while another 10 percent said it delivered on most of his promises.”

Clearly, the numbers in this latest poll indicate most Americans have concerns regarding the future of the current health care bill. So, how should we move forward? Let us know what you think and what message you would like to send to Arizona’s congressional delegation. The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association‘s (AzHHA)  message continues to be this….any new legislation must benefit the people, patients and communities of our state. We believe that by fulfilling that obligation, we will take a significant step forward in our long-term goal to one day make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

 

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