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McConnell Stalls Republican Obamacare Fix, Bewilders Trump

McConnell Stalls Republican Obamacare Fix, Bewilders Trump

Americans' support for the Affordable Care Act is growing, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).

Around 4 in 5 want the Trump administration to take actions that help Obama's law function properly, rather than trying to undermine it. Trump has suggested steps like halting subsidies to insurers who reduce out-of-pockets health costs for millions of consumers.

Lastly, he knows that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has neither the fortitude nor the support to repeal the Affordable Care Act and, perhaps, lacks any real desire to do so. Insurers have cited the uncertainty around health insurance markets caused by the Republican push for historically unpopular repeal legislation as one factor hurting them, along with Trump's threats to pause government payments to exchanges. Insurers say such a move would force them to leave the health law marketplaces or raise premiums.

The vote against the Obama health care law looms large for 21 GOP lawmakers, including Iowa congressmen David Young and Rod Blum, who represent competitive congressional districts where Democrat Hillary Clinton won or came close in last year's presidential election.

About 60 percent of people says that Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for any problems with the health law.

While some have speculated that picking a fight with McConnell is unsafe, particularly because McConnell controls the Senate's agenda, Paul said he didn't think the public feud would deteriorate their relationship or the relationship Trump has with Congress. "Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!".

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One of the Fox News stories amplified by Trump on Twitter on Friday notes that two GOP senators who've spoken out against Trump and his policies - Sen. With a 52-48 GOP majority and Vice President Mike Pence available to cast a tie-breaking vote, McConnell has said he's moving onto other matters unless "people can show me 50 votes for anything that would make progress".

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

Just 21 percent of respondents — but 49 percent of Republicans — want the GOP to continue working on a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the survey said.

And they want them to stop trying to scuttle it. There has been a 9-percentage-point increase in people who hold a favorable view since November.

The survey was conducted between August 1 and 6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.


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