Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Democrats' bus tour targets GOP over health care

Just 3 in 10 want Trump and Republicans to continue their drive to repeal and replace the statute.

This finding and others from the poll suggest that most of the public is ready for Washington to move beyond the repeal-and-replace debate and instead focus on fixing shortcomings in the Affordable Care Act.

Reaching the 200-day mark of his presidency, Donald Trump is getting resistance not just from the Democrats and their enablers in the liberal media, but from members of his own party who refuse to give the president a major legislative victory.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of Americans said they want Republicans to work with Democrats to improve the law. Three in 10 (31%) support President Trump using whatever tactics are necessary to encourage Democrats to start negotiating.

Most (60%) of the public say that President Trump and Republicans in Congress control the government and are responsible for any problems with the ACA going forward, twice the share (28%) who say President Obama and Democrats in Congress are responsible for such problems.

Opposition to former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaBiden endorses Dem in Alabama Senate primary Rice: US has failed in denuclearization of North Korea Trump threatens McConnell MORE's signature healthcare law is dropping as well. "Unless Trump and the GOP can stop their polling side, it doesn't seem like conditions will be very good for Republicans in 2018".

The health law is more popular than ever with 52 percent of respondents saying they hold a favorable view of it.

Overall, 52 percent of respondents now approve of ObamaCare - a 9 point jump since Trump's election - while 39 percent disapprove. Only 34 percent of Americans agree with him, while 62 percent favor moving on, including 47 percent of Republicans, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Friday. The poll illustrates that the American people aren't as stupid as Trump believes they are.

Democrats have hope for 2018 thanks to a new, bipartisan healthcare study showing that the GOP's repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have caused insurance premiums to rise due to market uncertainty, according to CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza. The survey finds that a majority of the public is unaware that health insurance companies choosing not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces or health insurance companies charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces only affect those who purchase their own insurance on these marketplaces (67 percent and 80 percent, respectively). For results based on subgroups, the margin of sampling error may be higher.

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