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Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Following failed GOP replacement effort, record approval of Obamacare


White House officials and congressional leaders met Monday to discuss plans to revive their repeal- and-replace efforts.

However, the latest poll from April also reveals that out of all US adults, a plurality of respondents (40 percent) support keeping the Affordable Care Act in place but with "significant changes" made to the law.

At the same time, three-quarters of respondents said that Trump and his administration "should do what they can to make the current health care law work", while only 19 percent said they "should do what they can to make the law fail so they can replace it later". At this point people understand that the Affordable Care Act was a Democratic piece of legislation but Trump and the GOP legislators got elected by promising to undo it and put a better system in its place. Almost double that number - 61 percent - said responsibility lies with Trump and the Republicans, now that they're in control.

Those answers fall largely along party lines, as slightly more Democrats want to keep it but make changes, 47 percent, than those who want to keep it as is without major changes, 44 percent. Some 26% want Obamacare to remain as is, but 40% think it needs "significant changes".

Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs and Billy House reported that the move on high-risk pools represents an attempt to show some progress on the healthcare bill after months of setbacks and an inability of House Republicans to come to a consensus on the details of their healthcare overhaul.

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Republican blame was spread between House Speaker Paul Ryan, at 27 percent, and the conservative Freedom Caucus, at 27 percent, with slightly fewer blaming moderate Republicans, at 22 percent.

The waivers would eliminate parts of Obamacare requiring a minimum set of benefits in plans and a provision known as "community rating", which requires insurers to charge the same amount to people who are the same age and live in the same area.

Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady also praised the effort, saying the amendment strengthens the American Health Care Act which he and other members of House GOP Leadership endorse.

Trump also told Maggie Haberman from The New York Times that health care was now "the Democrats' problem" and that he thought they would be ready to negotiate when Obamacare failed, which is a narrow-minded outlook on the issue.

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