Two Thumbs Down

thumb downA new week brings us new numbers on the ever-contentious issue of health care legislation. A Quinnipiac national poll revealed that American voters disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling health care….in a big way.

From TheHill.com:

More than half of Republicans in a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday do not approve of the way their party has handled healthcare in Congress.

Sixty percent of Republicans said they disapprove, while only 32 percent of Republicans said they approve.

American voters as a whole also voiced their disapproval with Republican efforts, with 80 percent saying they disapprove. Fifteen percent said they approve.

The poll comes nearly a week after Republican efforts to repeal ObamaCare failed in the Senate, with three Republican senators joining all 48 Democrats in voting against a so-called “skinny” repeal bill.

Republicans in various races campaigned on repealing former President Obama’s signature domestic legislation for the past seven years.

According to Politico.com, “Sixty-four percent of voters across the ideological spectrum disapprove of Republican ideas to replace Obamacare, while just 25 percent are in favor of the legislation presented thus far.”

As for outright repeal, only 22 percent of voters surveyed say President Donald Trump and the GOP should repeal the entirety of the Affordable Care Act. Forty percent are in favor of repealing parts of Obamacare, while 33 percent do not want any repeals at all.

Medicaid remains a touchy subject in the poll, with voters opposing a decrease in funding to the program 69 percent to 26 percent, including 52 percent of Republicans opposing cuts while just 39 percent remain in favor of austerity.

Fierce Healthcare pointed out that voters aren’t happy with the way either party is handling health care reform.

  • 60% of Republicans disapprove of the way their party has handled healthcare in Congress – while only 15% approve.
  • 59% of Democrats disapprove of their party’s handling of reform – and only 34 percent approve.

“Nobody gets high marks on healthcare, but Republicans take a crushing blow,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll. “The message: Start over and do it right.”

As for what’s next on the health care front, CBS News wrote, “Health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says he’ll work with the panel’s top Democrat, Patty Murray of Washington state, to continue billions in payments to insurers for reducing out-of-pocket costs for low- and middle-income customers. In exchange, Alexander wants to relax coverage requirements that protect consumers under Obama’s law. It’s unclear the parties can reach compromise.”

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the poll, the growing frustration of American voters and whether you think the two parties must work together to find success. Generating meaningful conversations 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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