The national poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation was conducted after last month’s failure by Senate Republicans to pass a bill to replace and repeal the Obama-era health care reform law. A 60 percent majority said it is a “good thing” the Senate failed to pass an ObamaCare repeal bill, 51 percent say they’re “relieved”, 47 percent are “happy”, 38 percent “disappointed”, and 19 percent “angry”.
Ominously for the GOP, 6 in 10 say Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for any upcoming health care problems since they control government.
With the Kaiser survey consistently showing clear overall public support for retaining Obama’s law, the numbers help explain why some centrist Republicans who rely on moderate voters’ support opposed repeal or backed it only after winning some concessions.
Trump has suggested steps like halting subsidies to insurers who reduce out-of-pockets health costs for millions of consumers.
Only 21 percent of Republicans want to continue working on a repeal-and-replace plan and 21 percent want to move on to other priorities. Most Republicans (58%) and Trump supporters (59%) support these hardball negotiating tactics.
About 60 per cent of people said that Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for any problems with the health law.
The poll also found that the majority of the public continues to view ObamaCare favorably.
More Americans say it is more important for President Trump and Republicans to now make the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces work better (69%) than to continue plans to repeal and replace the law (29%). Favorable views have increased 9 percentage points since the 2016 presidential election, with the trend occurring among Democrats, independents, and Republicans.
And around two-thirds from those groups want Trump to stop enforcing the tax penalty Obama’s law levies on people who don’t buy coverage.
The same number of people said that insurers’ decisions not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces will affect everyone with insurance.
The survey was conducted August 1-6, 2017, among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,211 adults ages 18 and older, living in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii (note: persons without a telephone could not be included in the random selection process).
Americans in general have a 16 percent approval of Congress which is also a record low for 2017, a drop of four percentage points from the 20 percent Gallup recorded in July.