Only One-In-Four Americans Favor Full Repeal Of Obamacare
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have pledged to repeal the healthcare reform law known as Obamacare, but the results of a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that Americans are largely divided on the future of the Affordable Care Act.
The poll conducted after last month's elections found that 26 percent of Americans want the entire law to be repealed, while 17 percent would like to see the law scaled back.
Meanwhile, 30 percent said Obamacare should be expanded and another 19 percent said lawmakers should move forward with implementing the law as it exists.
The Kaiser Family Foundation noted the poll captures a slight uptick in the share of Americans who want lawmakers to scale back the law as well as a decrease in the share who want lawmakers to repeal the entire law.
While the percentage of Americans that favor scaling back Obamacare has risen to 17 percent from 9 percent last month, the percentage backing a full repeal has dropped to 26 percent from 32 percent.
The shift in attitudes was largely driven by Republicans, with 52 percent now saying they want the law to be repealed compared to 69 percent in October. The percentage of Republicans preferring the law be scaled back climbed to 24 percent from 11 percent.
Potentially complicating the path ahead, Kaiser said many of Obamacare's specific provisions remain popular even among Trump supporters.
Most Republicans, Democrats and independents favor provisions including allowing young adults to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26, eliminating out-of-pocket costs for many preventive services, and prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
However, the poll found that 63 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the law's requirement that nearly all Americans have health coverage or pay a fine.
The release of the poll results comes as Republican lawmakers are reportedly considering a plan that would see a vote on repealing Obamacare in early 2017 but delay the effective date of the repeal.
According to Politico, the GOP may delay the repeal for as long as three years, setting up an "Obamacare cliff" that would force lawmakers to agree on a replacement or risk nearly 20 million people losing their coverage.
Among the quarter of Americans that want to see Obamacare repealed, the Kaiser poll found 31 percent want to see the law repealed and not replaced, while 63 percent want lawmakers to replace the law with a Republican-sponsored alternative.
Forty-two percent of those who favor replacing the law want lawmakers to wait to repeal it until the details of a replacement plan have been figured out, but 21 percent want to repeal it immediately and figure out a replacement plan later.
The Kaiser survey of 1,202 adults was conducted November 15th through 21st and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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