71% of Americans want Congress to fix Obamacare, not repeal it

71% of Americans want Congress to fix Obamacare, not repeal it

[Ed. – Democrats led by Chuck Schumer have succeeded in scaring enough low-information voters to explain a poll like this. Not that the Republicans are blameless. Their half-baked attempts to present a well-thought-out replacement for Obamacare has also helped foster anxiety.]  

Senate Majority Leader McConnell has given his fellow Republicans a warning: if they do not pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, they will be forced to work with Democrats on more modest legislation to address challenges in the ACA’s marketplaces. A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll to be released Friday suggests that’s actually what the American people would like to see happen.

The bottom line: It looks like Republicans could neutralize a backlash from the base if they give up on repeal and work with Democrats.

As the chart shows…

  • 71% of the public, including nearly all Democrats and 72% of Independents, favor a bipartisan effort to improve the ACA, rather than Republicans continuing their efforts to repeal it.
  • 46% of Trump supporters say they want to see Republicans work with Democrats to improve the Affordable Care Act — statistically tied with the 47% who would rather see Republicans continue working on their own plan to repeal and replace it.

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