Biggest Threat to Trump's Agenda Comes from Fellow Republicans

Aaron Brown
August 13, 2017

To push Democrats to work with Republicans on repeal and replace, President Trump has threatened to stop payments that compensate insurers for the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reductions, which reduce out-of-pocket costs for lower-income Americans buying insurance through ACA marketplaces.

But when the question was posed as to whether they support "Obamacare" - the colloquial term for the Affordable Care Act - support for the law is higher.

Senate Republicans are rallying in support of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, pushing back against the onslaught of criticism from President Donald Trump.

Going forward, most respondents said they wanted Trump and the Republicans to abandon their attempts to repeal ObamaCare and instead focus on shoring up the healthcare markets and stabilizing the law. He understands how important health care, how important taxes are to the people in this country. For a White House that often seems more concerned with cementing support from Trump's loyalists than embracing the political center, that might help explain Trump's persistence on the issue.

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The Kaiser poll notes that 60 percent of America thinks that it was a "good thing" that Republicans did not get their bill passed. Sixty-nine percent of Americans agreed with this plan, compared to just 29 percent who wanted more efforts to repeal the law. While two-thirds of Republicans and Trump supporters report feeling "disappointed", smaller shares (30% and 37%, respectively) report feeling "angry". The survey finds that a majority of the public is unaware that health insurance companies choosing not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces or health insurance companies charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces only affect those who purchase their own insurance on these marketplaces (67 percent and 80 percent, respectively).

This Kaiser Health Tracking Poll was designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).

The poll of 1,211 adults was conducted August 1- 6.The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (428) and cell phone (783).

The margin of sampling error including the design effect for the full sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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