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Survey: GOP Health Bill Pleases Most Republicans, But Not Many Other Americans
The health care overhaul passed by the House earlier this month is even less popular than the not-very-popular Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that it would largely replace, according to a poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
In the new survey, 49% of respondents said they had a favorable view of the PPACA, whereas 31% said they favored the GOP’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), which narrowly passed the House on May 4.
In a mirror image of the PPACA’s standing with the public, more than two-thirds of Republicans said they supported their party’s health plan, while more Democrats (78%) favored the PPACA.
The new findings reflect those of other polls conducted since the House passed the GOP’s revised health care bill. A Quinnipiac University survey released on May 25 found that 20% of respondents supported the AHCA compared with 57% opposition. A poll conducted by Morning Consult and Politico just after the bill passed found that 38% of respondents supported the GOP measure and 44% opposed it.
In the KFF poll, even Republicans showed scant support for changes to some of the PPACA’s most-popular provisions. Fewer than one-fifth of Republicans favored changing the provision that limits how much more insurers can charge older people for insurance compared with younger people, and 22% of Republicans favored letting insurers charge sick people higher premiums if they have a break in their coverage.
Most Republicans supported the bill’s provisions that would allow states to establish work requirements for Medicaid enrollees and set up high-risk insurance pools for people with health problems.
In December 2016, more respondents said the GOP bill would hurt their personal health care than thought the same about a straight repeal of the PPACA when KHH asked about that issue.
In the new poll, 45% said the GOP bill would increase their own and their family’s costs for health care, compared with the December survey, in which 28% thought that would be the result if the PPACA were repealed. More than one-third indicated that the GOP bill would make it harder to obtain and keep health insurance, compared with 21% who thought a PPACA repeal would have that consequence. Further, 34% said the GOP bill would likely make the quality of their health care worse, compared with 19% who said that about the PPACA repeal.
Nearly 75% of those surveyed said it was “very likely” or “somewhat likely” that Congress will pass and President Donald Trump will sign a bill to “repeal and replace” the PPACA.
The survey of 1,205 adults was conducted on May 16–22, 2017.
Sources: Kaiser Family Foundation; May 31, 2017; and Poll Results; May 31, 2017.