Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

McConnell Stalls Republican Obamacare Fix, Bewilders Trump

McConnell Stalls Republican Obamacare Fix, Bewilders Trump

This includes large majorities of Democrats (95 percent) as well as half of Republicans (52 percent) and President Trumps supporters (51 percent).

Independents were frustrated with the two-term congressman's embrace of a partisan approach to repealing and replacing Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

The president has been smarting from the Senate's failure to pass an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, a long-standing priority for the GOP and a marquee campaign promise from Trump past year.

The chart below, from Emory political scientist Alan Abramowitz, shows how many seats Republicans would be expected to lose based on how far behind they are in the generic ballot.

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Ominously for the GOP, 6 in 10 say Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for any upcoming health care problems since they control government. Most prefer that they instead move to shore up the law's marketplaces, which are seeing rising premiums and in some areas few insurers willing to sell policies. "Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!". The Republican Party's slim majority in the Senate allows for no dissent, and it took just seven undocumented Democrats within the GOP ranks to scuttle the last attempt at full repeal. But it is still unlikely that Trump and the GOP will listen. All of the measures failed to win the 50 votes needed in July.

On Wednesday, Trump lashed out at McConnell after the Kentucky Republican appeared to suggest in a speech Monday the president lacks the political experience to understand how Congress works. But Trump said they should ask the question again if the Senate leader doesn't deliver on the president's leading priorities.

With the Kaiser survey consistently showing clear overall public support for retaining Obama's law, the numbers help explain why some centrist Republicans who rely on moderate voters' support opposed repeal or backed it only after winning some concessions.

But in other instances, Republicans and Trump supporters part company with Democrats and independents and strongly back the president's views.

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A KFF poll released Friday finds that 52 percent of Americans now have a favorable view of the 2010 healthcare law, a 2-point increase from the same poll last month.

If the media and the establishment try to bring Trump down they are in for a rude awakening.

Designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation, the poll was conducted from August 1 - 6 among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,211 adults.

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