Majority of Trump supporters say make Obamacare work, poll says

Three out of four voters, including 51 percent of Republicans, say President Trump and Congress should make the Affordable Care Act work for now rather than make it fail so they can replace it later, according to poll results released Tuesday.

Sixty-one percent say Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress are responsible for any problems with Obamacare going forward, compared to 31 percent who say it’s the responsibility of former president Obama and Democrats in Congress because they created the law, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll.

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Still, 80 percent of Republicans think Trump eventually will be able to deliver on his promise that Americans will get better care at a lower cost. Only 8 percent of Democrats and 37 percent of all voters think that.

In any case, the situation is not standing still while legislators decide. GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted Tuesday about Iowa’s largest insurer leaving the Obamacare marketplace in 2018: “Now more than ever, you deserve a system that offers more choice, more competition, and lower prices.”

Trump tweeted Sunday, “Talks on Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare are, and have been, going on, and will continue until such time as a deal is hopefully struck.”

A House Republican replacement plan, which had 17 percent support in a different poll, failed to find enough votes in March. Big insurers in the Florida marketplace including Florida Blue and Molina met with Gov. Rick Scott a week ago. Molina has urged Congress and the administration to provide assurances about maintaining “cost-sharing” subsidies and enforcing the mandate to buy insurance as companies decide in coming weeks whether to participate in 2018.

Poll details: Designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation, it was said to be conducted from March 28 to April 3 among a “nationally representative” random digit dial telephone sample of 1,203 adults. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (422) and cell phone (781). Margin of sampling error: plus or minus 3 percentage points.



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