Poll: Only One In Five Want Obamacare Repeal Without Replace

January 6, 2017 3:00 a.m.

Only one in five Americans agrees with the current Republican plan of repealing Obamacare without the details of a replacement being worked about, a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found. But the poll found a narrow divide among respondents on the question of whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

According to the survey released Friday, 47 percent of respondents said lawmakers should not vote on a repeal, 28 percent would prefer that a repeal vote wait until the details of a replacement planned are announced, and 20 percent would like to see a repeal vote immediately with replacement details worked out later.

The poll was taken among 1,204 adults nationwide by phone from Dec. 13-19, with a margin of error of three percentage points.

GOP lawmakers have put in motion the first steps of repealing Obamacare, though there are many question as to what the repeal bill actually look like, let alone the law’s eventual replacement. Some Republicans have publicly and privately expressed their discomfort with repealing without a replacement. Congressional GOP leadership, nevertheless, has remained steadfast in its professed intent to get a repeal bill on President Donald Trump’s desk soon after inauguration.

The Kaiser poll also surveyed Americans’ preference for how each party has broadly described its view on the role of government in health care.

It found that 31 percent agreed with the GOP approach, in Kaiser’s words: “limiting federal health spending, decreasing the federal government’s role, and giving state governments and individuals more control over health insurance, even if this means some seniors and lower-income Americans would get less financial help than they do today.”

Broken down by party, about half of Republicans (53 percent) agreed with that approach.

Meanwhile, 62 percent of Americans — including 79 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of independents — agreed with how Kaiser described the Democratic position: “guaranteeing a certain level of health coverage and financial help for seniors and lower-income Americans, even if it means more federal health spending and a larger role for the federal government.”

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