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Published: Sat, December 10, 2016
USA | By Yvette Dunn

Only about 1 in 4 wants Trump to repeal health law

Only about 1 in 4 wants Trump to repeal health law

The poll captures a slight uptick in the share of Americans who want lawmakers to scale back the law as well as a decrease in the share who want lawmakers to repeal the entire law.

About half the public want to see the law remain as is or be expanded; 43 percent want to see it repealed or scaled back.

If Republicans follow through on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the result could be more demands from doctors and hospitals for patients to pay for care up front, University of Missouri Health Care CEO Mitch Wasden said Thursday. And even among those who want repeal, 42 percent think Republicans should hold off on passing it until they've agreed upon a replacement.

President-elect Donald Trump - who spent the campaign trashing ObamaCare and promising to repeal it - has already backtracked on that pledge.

Support for full repeal actually declines further when people learn that it could mean allowing insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions ― or that 20 million people could lose their insurance altogether.

Even the law's program for providing federal aid to states to help them expand their Medicaid programs for the poor is supported by 80 percent of Americans.

The poll found majorities across party lines support numerous health care law's provisions, but not its requirement that individuals have coverage or risk fines, and its mandate that medium-to-large employers pay fines if they don't offer health insurance.

Congressional Republicans are working on a plan that would repeal the Medicaid expansion and the insurance subsidies for lower-income consumers.

The poll also revealed an apparent contradiction in Trump voters' feelings about the law. They have promised a replacement, but they have not indicated what it will be.

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The repeal calls have been extremely popular with Republican voters.

With the help of data from the National Health Interview Survey, a regularly scheduled poll of Americans' health habits and behaviors, the authors found that, in 2011, 21.3 percent of Americans under the age of 65 reported living in a family that had problems paying their bills. After the vote, Trump has been saying he'd like to keep parts of the law.

With a Trump presidency on the horizon, it's the ideal time to evaluate how the country's health care situation has shifted through the Obama years.

"It's always been clear that what is driving opposition to the law are the mandates", he said.

Many Democrats have said they agree that changes are needed but they were unable to make them with Republicans in control of the House of Representatives. That argument has resonated powerfully with conservative voters nationwide.

Americans, however, seem to be warming to President Obama's signature health care law ... or at least parts of it. Behind the scenes, top Republicans are plotting on moving forward with a budget plan unusually early - in January - in order to allow them to circumvent a Democratic filibuster in the Senate and repeal much of Obamacare on a straight-party line vote around the time Trump is sworn into office.

She emphasized that her comments were not addressed to the president-elect, noting that there are "many sectors of the world where women are suffering an attitude which puts them in a lower position". In both cases, the health care law was a driver.

Of the 1,202 adults Kaiser surveyed from November 15-21, only 26 percent responded that they support a full Obamacare repeal. Increases in medical prices and residual use and intensity of health care goods and services accounted for 1.2 percent and 3.2 percent of the growth, respectively.

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