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Public prefers Obamacare to Graham-Cassidy, 56-33% (POLL)

Posted by on Sep. 22, 2017 at 11:35 PM
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Americans by more than a 20-point margin prefer the existing federal health care law to the latest, imperiled Republican alternative -- another challenge to the GOP’s long-held effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The public supports Obamacare over the proposed Graham-Cassidy bill by 56-33 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. Intensity of sentiment also is on the current law’s side: Forty-two percent strongly prefer it, nearly twice as many as strongly prefer the GOP plan.


See PDF with full results here.

The result is similar to public views on the previous GOP repeal-and-replace effort, which failed in July. Americans preferred Obamacare to that plan by 50-24 percent, again with a 20-point advantage for the current law in strong sentiment.

The latest GOP plan suffered a blow today when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he’d oppose it. His decision could be fatal to the measure, as it was in July.

Given that the bill is comparatively little-known, the survey summarized Graham-Cassidy by noting that it would end the national requirement for nearly all Americans to have health insurance, phase out the use of federal funds to help lower- and moderate-income people buy health insurance and let states replace federal rules on health care coverage with their own rules.

Notably, nearly a quarter of Republicans (23 percent) and a third of conservatives (31 percent) say they’d prefer Obamacare to this proposal.


Beyond typical political and ideological divisions, there’s a vast racial gap in this poll, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates. Seventy-five percent of nonwhites prefer Obamacare, compared with 45 percent of whites. Age gaps are substantial, with preference for Obamacare ranging from 63 percent of young adults to 47 percent of seniors. Preference for Obamacare ranges from 61 percent among those with household incomes less than $50,000 down to 48 percent of those with $100,000-plus incomes. And there’s a big gender gap: Sixty-two percent of women prefer Obamacare; 50 percent of men agree.


Methodology

This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone Sept. 18-21, 2017, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,002 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect. Partisan divisions are 31-23-36 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.

The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt Associates of Cambridge, Massachusetts. See details on the survey’s methodology here.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/public-prefers-obamacare-graham-cassidy-56-33-poll/story?id=50031499
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niceandhappy
by Bronze Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 12:15 AM
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Have the 2018 rate/premium increases been loaded yet into the exchanges? I don't have Oamacare. I can't sign up for my employee options until October, so I don't know what my premiums will be for 2018 yet. Is that how the exchanges work?  Let's see a poll after that sticker shock happens!

squeekers
by Silver Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 12:18 AM
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Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 12:23 AM
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Anything has to be better than this current version of trumpdontcare that gets rid of mandatory coverage for pre-existing conditions! If preexisting conditions aren't covered then one might as well not bother.

ShaMac
by Bronze Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 10:50 AM
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Right? Their next step is going to be a cool plan called Soylent Green.

Quoting Bookwormy: Anything has to be better than this current version of trumpdontcare that gets rid of mandatory coverage for pre-existing conditions! If preexisting conditions aren't covered then one might as well not bother.

PPCLC
by Lisa on Sep. 23, 2017 at 10:54 AM
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Who wants to give up coverage they may already have? The idea of uncertainty on something so valuable and necessary as health-care coverage is scary.

To see health-care being used as a political pawn and tool is unnerving and honestly, appalling.

Carpy
by Emerald Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 10:57 AM
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My guess is they avoided polling those of us getting priced out of the market.

Quoting niceandhappy:

Have the 2018 rate/premium increases been loaded yet into the exchanges? I don't have Oamacare. I can't sign up for my employee options until October, so I don't know what my premiums will be for 2018 yet. Is that how the exchanges work?  Let's see a poll after that sticker shock happens!

Btamilee2753
by Lee on Sep. 23, 2017 at 11:15 AM
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I think one big issue is that many cannot afford the coverage they *have*.  Premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed.   Obamacare is failing.  I am not convinced this a better plan, but I am totally convinced that OC is not working for the majority of our Country. 

Quoting PPCLC:

Who wants to give up coverage they may already have? The idea of uncertainty on something so valuable and necessary as health-care coverage is scary.

To see health-care being used as a political pawn and tool is unnerving and honestly, appalling.


PPCLC
by Lisa on Sep. 23, 2017 at 11:26 AM

So many never have been able to afford Obamacare and from first-hand experiences, many of the plans DID charge more for preexisting conditions.

Obamacare was not the great ever after for many in this country. Those who couldn't get on Medicaid due to income limits (they made too much money) and/or those who were not offered health-care coverage through employers were often left behind due to not being able to afford the plans through Obamacare. It was eat and have a roof over your head or pay for those premiums and deductibles.

And now it's a slaughtered mess. 

However, there are many still who despite possible issues with OC would still like to hang on to it and because of the "what ifs" of something new, and I can't blame them. The unknown is a spooky place to be when it's something SO necessary as health-care coverage.

Quoting Btamilee2753:

I think one big issue is that many cannot afford the coverage they *have*.  Premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed.   Obamacare is failing.  I am not convinced this a better plan, but I am totally convinced that OC is not working for the majority of our Country. 

Quoting PPCLC:

Who wants to give up coverage they may already have? The idea of uncertainty on something so valuable and necessary as health-care coverage is scary.

To see health-care being used as a political pawn and tool is unnerving and honestly, appalling.



billsfan1104
by Ruby Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 11:28 AM
They didn't poll me. And who are the people they polled? Do they know what's in the bill or what the liberal media is saying it's about?
msb64
by Platinum Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Perhaps those people were in the 33%?

Quoting Carpy: My guess is they avoided polling those of us getting priced out of the market.
Quoting niceandhappy:

Have the 2018 rate/premium increases been loaded yet into the exchanges? I don't have Oamacare. I can't sign up for my employee options until October, so I don't know what my premiums will be for 2018 yet. Is that how the exchanges work?  Let's see a poll after that sticker shock happens!


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