Letting Obamacare implode might be Trump's least popular position yet

12 August, 2017, 23:20 | Author: Brenda Erickson

It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Health care is now the most potent issue driving the midterm election.

About half of Republicans and supporters of President Trump say the Trump administration should do what they can to make the law work (52 percent and 51 percent, respectively) while about four in ten say they should do what they can to make the law fail (40 percent and 39 percent, respectively). "Senator Mitch McConnell said I had 'excessive expectations, ' but I don't think so", Trump tweeted. They cast him as a Republican intent on delivering for the party and the president on taxes and budget this fall. Insurers say such a move would force them to leave the health law marketplaces or raise premiums.

Flying in the face of that, hard-line conservatives launched an uphill bid Friday to force a fresh House vote to revoke Obama's law without an immediate replacement.

Now comes the news that a number of GOP senators have been traveling to battleground states and testing the waters to run for president in 2020 against Mr. Trump. That could be a bad sign for Republicans as they prepare to defend their House and Senate majorities in the 2018 elections. "Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!".

Taking to Twitter, Trump retweeted a pair of "Fox & Friends" headlines recounting his rhetorical battle with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other member of the GOP caucus. All of the measures failed to win the 50 votes needed in July. Citing the "reality of the complexity of legislating" and the president's inexperience in government, McConnell said that he found criticism of the lack of progress "extremely irritating". 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 the president's persistence on the issue. Most of those who say it is a good thing say they do not want the law repealed at all (34% of the public overall), while fewer (23% of the public overall) say it is because they had concerns with the specific bill being debated. Analysts say that would roil insurance markets because fewer healthy people would buy policies, leaving them with greater proportions of expensive, seriously ill customers.

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"All of this bodes well for Democrats", Skelley said.

The companies use the money to trim out-of-pocket costs for deductibles and copayments for around 7 million low- and middle-income people.

Asked later Thursday about McConnell, Trump suggested that if the Kentucky Republican can't get health care reform, tax reform and infrastructure spending done, he should consider stepping aside. Favorable views have increased 9 percentage points since the 2016 presidential election, with the trend occurring among Democrats, independents, and Republicans.

The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll was conducted august 1-6 and involved random calls to the cellphones and landlines of 1,211 adults.

The poll of 1,211 adults was conducted August 1- 6.The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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