Obamacare is WAY More Popular Than The GOP's Trumpcare Trainwreck, New Poll Shows

Obamacare is WAY More Popular Than The GOP’s Trumpcare Trainwreck, New Poll Shows

New Poll Wallops Trumpcare

The Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and ram through Trumpcare is in critical condition and a new poll suggests that most Americans wouldn’t mind if they pulled the plug on it. A Washington Post-ABC News poll showed significant declining support for Trump and the Republican agenda across a slew of issues, virtually without exception. On the issue of whether Americans support Obamacare or the GOP’s proposed replacement, the poll showed an enormous imbalance.

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By a whopping 2-to-1 margin, the public would rather keep Obamacare than gamble on the Republican bill that would cut taxes for the wealthy and strangle Medicaid. The poll asked respondents, “What do you prefer: the current federal health care law, known as Obamacare, or the Republican plan to replace it?” The results showed that 50% of Americans prefer Obamacare, while 24% prefer the Republican alternative. Additionally, 37% “strongly” preferred the ACA, while only 17% “strongly” preferred Trumpcare.

The details should be frightening for Republicans. The Washington Post reported that Independents were opposed to Trumpcare by about 2 to 1, reflecting the overall average, and even significant groups within Trump’s base were not keen on the Republican bill,

“More worrisome for Republicans hoping to pass a new bill is how the support broke out by demographic. Only among Republicans, conservatives, white evangelicals and white men without college degrees did more Americans support the GOP bill than Obamacare. In every other group analyzed, including older respondents and white women without college degrees — an important part of President Trump’s voting base in 2016 — backed the existing law by some margin.”

The Hill broke down the poll’s numbers further,

“Only 59 percent of Republicans support their party’s proposal, the poll found, while 11 percent support ObamaCare. The other 30 percent say they have no preference.

“Sixty-three percent of the public say it’s more important for the government to provide healthcare to low-income people rather than cutting taxes.”

As the poll was published, the GOP was facing the possibility that a vote on the bill would be postponed indefinitely because of Senator John McCain’s absence from the Senate due to a reportedly serious blood clot surgery. Without McCain present to vote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could only muster 49 of the 50 plus the tiebreaker from Vice President Mike Pence that he would need to pass the bill. During the summer recess, McConnell and GOP leadership tried to whip votes, but returned to Washington still shorthanded. They presented a “new” bill that still had poisoned pill of an all-out assault on Medicaid that was causing just enough defections among Republicans for it to potentially have no future. The irony that McCain’s poor health may save the healthcare of tens of millions of Americans was not lost on several authors of letters to the editor of the New York Times.

On Sunday, Donald Trump criticized the Washington Post-ABC News poll, saying that its polling was “inaccurate … around election time.” Trump’s ire was directed not at the poll’s question about healthcare policy, but at the results that showed that Trump has a record-breaking negative approval rating of 58% who disapprove of Trump’s job performance. That kind of negative perception was only reached by George W. Bush at the end of his two terms, and never by any other president since polling began 70 years ago.

According to the Post, the poll was “conducted from July 10-13 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults reached on cellular and landline phones.”

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Marc Belisle is the Reverb Press World Affairs Editor. He is a writer, activist and teacher. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies. READ MORE BY MARC.