Move On….or Not!

President Donald Trump chided Senate Republicans over the weekend to keep working on new health care legislation. The President tweeted – “Don’t give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace….”

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However, a new poll just released by Reuters/Ipsos shows most Americans believe it is time to move on.

A majority of Americans are ready to move on from healthcare reform at this point after the U.S. Senate’s effort to dismantle Obamacare failed on Friday, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Saturday.

Nearly two-thirds of the country wants to either keep or modify the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and a majority of Americans want Congress to turn its attention to other priorities, the survey found.

According to AOL.com, “When asked what they think Congress should do next, most Americans picked other priorities such as tax reform, foreign relations and infrastructure. Only 29 percent said they wanted Republicans in Congress to “continue working on a new healthcare bill.”

Despite those numbers, the President does not appear interested in throwing in the towel quite yet. From PBS.org:

But White House aides said President Donald Trump was not giving up on the health repeal effort. They indicated that he remained ready in the coming days to end required payments to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act as part of a bid to let “Obamacare implode” and force the Senate to act.

Trump is “going to make that decision this week,” White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said, regarding the insurance company payments. “The president will not accept those who say, quote, ‘It’s time to move on.’”

If the push to find new a health care plan does continue, most Americans want Democrats and Republicans to do it together. A new CBS/YouGov poll asked the question, ‘What would you like to see happen next on health care?’…and found: 

  • 47% want Republicans to work with Democrats on fixes that make Obamacare work better,
  • 21% want Republicans to just repeal Obamacare entirely, and go back to how things were before,
  • 19% want Republicans write their own replacement plan and replace Obamacare with it, and
  • 13% want Obamacare to be kept more or less as it is.

CBS News also put together a short video on the results which you can watch by clicking here or on the picture below.

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We’d love to hear what you think about this issue. Is it time to “move on” or do legislators need to keep working on a new health care plan (or fix the old one)? And do you believe Democrats and Republicans should work together on health? Generating meaningful dialogue around the health 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!

 

 

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