Most Americans want Senate to change or ditch House health-care bill

Calvin Saunders
June 3, 2017

Fifty-five percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Republicans' healthcare plan, compared to 31 percent who like it, a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed. "If the federal government can't fix it, they better give us permission to fix it here".

Twenty-nine percent said the Senate should not pass the GOP bill, while 26 percent wanted major changes, and 24 percent called for minor changes.

This month's survey finds the public has increasingly negative views of how their health care will be affected by proposed changes.

A more basic issue however, is whether or not the state's Access Health CT exchange will have any participating insurers by the end of the year, leaving 73,000 people without their subsidies.

"Yet, in this month's survey which was fielded after House Republicans passed the AHCA, larger shares say the cost of health care for them and their family, their ability to get and keep health insurance, and the quality of their own health care will get worse if Congress passes the AHCA". Trump, who made the repeal of Obamacare a campaign promise, described the bill as a "great plan".

Sadly, all of this confirms the degree to which rank partisanship, approaching irrational tribal loyalty, and self-selecting news have come to dominate American politics.

But, as the Kaiser poll shows, changing something people are used to - even if they don't love it - is far harder than it looks.

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Some 71 percent of Republicans joined 93 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of Independents in saying it is important that expansion states continue to receive these funds.

In an opinion piece published Tuesday in U.S. News and World Report, recently ousted Molina CEO Mario Molina said Republicans are peddling a false narrative when they say the ACA exchanges are in a death spiral and can not recover.

The CBO director, Keith Hall, who signed off on the CBO score of the GOP health bill, was the chief economist for the Council of Economic Advisers in the George W. Bush White House and was handpicked by then House Budget Committee Chair Tom Price (who is now Trump's HHS secretary) to lead the CBO.

One main reason: almost half of consumers say that their cost of health care will be "worse" under the House GOP's American Health Care Act, according to the poll.

The poll was conducted from May 19-May 22 and surveyed a random sampling of 1,205 adults ages 18 and older, living in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Almost half (45 percent) believe costs will get worse if the AHCA is passed as a law, while only 16 percent believe they will get better. They have a very simple solution: Don't use the health-care bill to finance a huge tax cut. "We got to get premiums down and we got to make sure that people with pre-existing conditions can get affordable coverage". Even reasonable Republicans do not want that to happen.

Americans also don't want Congress to mess with the overall Medicaid program, which covers more than 70 million low-income children, pregnant women, disabled and elderly people. Because many of those patients couldn't afford higher rates, however, they'd drop coverage or accept stripped-down policies, reducing liabilities for insurers while increasing risk for patients.

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