Several new polls are out and while the numbers vary between the polls, the overall message is strikingly similar. Most Americans do not support the Senate GOP’s new health care plan (Better Care Reconciliation Act or BCRA). Meanwhile, Republican Senate leaders are delaying plans to vote on the bill this week.
Let’s face it: Nobody likes this health care bill.
Not the Republicans, certainly not the Democrats, and according to polls, not much of the public.
And that’s why the Senate GOP had to yank the bill yesterday. Mitch McConnell doesn’t have the votes. And given a choice between a delay and an outright defeat for President Trump, he kicked the can down the road.
According to a new poll just released by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, of the people surveyed –
- 17% approve of the Senate’s health care plan,
- 55% disapprove, and
- 24% said they had not heard enough to have an opinion on it.
CNBC wrote, “The dismal approval rating complicates matters for senators who may be on the fence about voting for the plan….The Senate bill could change as leadership seeks to make amendments or concessions to win over skeptical members.”
Despite the opposition to the bill, only 17 percent of people said they want Obamacare to stay and remain unchanged. Forty-six percent said they want it to be changed so it does more and 7 percent said they want it changed so it does less. A quarter of people said they want a full repeal of the 2010 health care law.
Another new poll conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University found that only 12 percent of Americans support the new Senate health care plan. More than 50 percent of the people surveyed said “Congress should either leave the law known as Obamacare alone or work to fix its problems while keeping its framework intact.”
Similarly, a new AOL News Survey found that –
- 58% of respondents said they prefer Obamacare,
- 28% said they prefer the new GOP bill, and
- 14% said they weren’t sure which legislation they preferred.
The poll finds the public sentiment toward the Senate’s version of the legislation is similar to the version passed by the House. A poll from May 10, taken shortly after that bill passed, found 60 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of the Republican health care bill, while just 31 percent said they had a favorable opinion. Nine percent said they were unsure.
As for when we might expect to see revisions to the Senate health care bill, Politico.com wrote, “Republicans plan to rewrite their health bill over the Fourth of July recess and get a new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office before bringing legislation to the floor, according to senators and aides. GOP senators said their goal is to have an agreement by Friday and vote as soon as they come back from the break.”
Share your thoughts on what should be included in the revised bill. The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) believes any new plan must serve the people, patients and communities of Arizona and we will continue to fight to make sure that happens. That is just one of the many ways we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!