In recent time, the United States Republican party has been aiming to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is called, with a new form of healthcare. The party has failed to move forward with any plan to actually do this as it has not gotten enough votes to pass any bills. The situation has even moved to where some feel that the ACA should be repealed without a replacement.
Although the Republican Party has promised for a while that it wants to repeal and replace Obamacare, much of the United States is not comfortable with this. An extensive number of polls have found that Americans want the GOP to stop trying to repeal Obamacare. They are hoping that the party will move towards looking at other issues or concerns that need to be resolved.
About the Issue
Republicans are arguing that the health care reform the party is aiming to pass will lower premiums and make health care more affordable to a larger number of people. This comes as many of the amendments would be utilized in terms of what individual insurance plans can cover.
Democrats have opposed the bill on the grounds that the Republican effort would keep people from being able to access the healthcare that they need. This especially comes amid some reports that at least 20 million are at risk of losing their health coverage if the Republican bill passes.
About the Polls
Several polls had taken place in the middle and late parts of June to analyze what people think about whether or not Obamacare needs to be repealed. The results of those polls were consistent all around in that most people oppose efforts to repeal it.
Polls from many news organizations asked people by phone and online about whether they favor or oppose the Republicans’ efforts to repeal Obamacare and to potentially replace it. The results of these polls include the following:
A Suffolk/USA Today poll found that 45 percent of people oppose Republican efforts while 43 percent are unsure. Only 12 percent of people support it, the lowest such total on the more recent polls.
A Quinnipiac University poll showed the strongest opposition to the bill. 58 percent of people in that poll opposed Republican plans while 16 percent supported them.
Polls from the Huffington Post and YouGov experienced the greatest uncertainty among voters. While two polls found that 43 and 45 percent of people oppose the bill, 39 and 34 percent of participants on each poll are uncertain about what the bill is about or what they think should be done with it.
A poll from Morning Consult and Politico had the strongest approval for the Republicans but even that total was small. Only 38 percent of people on that poll approved of the GOP plans while 45 percent opposed them.
Most of these polls were conducted with about 900 people on average. The average overall margin of error is around 3 percent.
The attitudes that people hold at this moment specifically include beliefs that Obamacare should be kept in general. A recent Huffington Post poll found that while 7 percent want people to keep Obamacare as it is, 46 percent want the government to keep Obamacare while still finding ways to improve upon the bill. This suggests that people are fine with Obamacare but still want to see a few minor alterations.
This is compared to 17 percent of people in that poll wanting to repeal and replace Obamacare and 15 percent wanting to repeal it without offering a replacement.
The results of the polls come at a time when the Republicans have reached a significant crossroads over how to handle health care. The efforts to repeal and replace the ACA have failed even with various alterations to the original replacement bill. This comes as the Republican Party does not have enough votes to repeal the bill. The Democratic Party has expressed a unanimous stand against repealing the bill.
This comes as the Republicans had successfully voted on a number of times to repeal Obamacare back when President Obama was in office. However, Obama vetoed every single vote in this subject. President Trump has stated that he wants to sign a bill to repeal and replace the bill right now and even wants lawmakers to stay in Washington until they can resolve the issue.
Even so, there have been numerous protests against the Republican plans throughout the country. The AARP has also released a series of television advertisements targeting individual lawmakers who are thinking about signing the bill.
It is uncertain as to what will happen next with ongoing efforts to try and repeal and replace the current American healthcare system. As numerous polls show, the efforts to amend it are unpopular among the American people.