May 11, 2017 | By Katie Kuehner-Hebert
When asked whether Congress should repeal all or parts of the Affordable Care Act,
19 percent say repeal the entire act.
Only 1 in 5 American voters say they support the House Republican’s revised health
care plan, slightly better than the 17 percent who said they approved of the first health
care plan in March, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday.
Just over half (56 percent) of the 1,078 registered voters polled via telephone last week
oppose the American Health Care Act, while 22 percent did not answer either way. Party
affiliation of those who responded were 24 percent Republican, 34 percent Democrat,
35 percent Independent, with 8 percent not divulging their party affiliation.
Opinions are mixed on how the new plan would impact their health insurance costs, with
42 percent of respondents saying costs would rise, 11 percent saying they would go
down and 37 percent saying insurance costs would stay the same.
Three-quarters say it’s a “bad idea” to give states the ability to allow health insurance
companies to raise rates on people with pre-existing conditions, and nearly all (96
percent) of the respondents say it’s “very important” or “somewhat important” that health
insurance be affordable for all Americans.
When asked whether Congress should repeal all or parts of the Affordable Care Act, 19
percent say repeal the entire act, 45 percent say repeal parts, 34 percent say the act
should not be repealed and 3 percent did not answer the question.
Two-thirds disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling health care, and
more than half (54 percent) disapprove of the way he is handling taxes.
Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) — including 66 percent of Republicans — disapprove
of Trump’s tax plan if it “significantly increased the national deficit.” But opinions are split
if it “resulted in significant spending cuts,” with 46 percent approving the plan and 45
percent disapproving it.
A majority (63 percent) say wealthy Americans would benefit most from the tax plan,
while 27 percent say the middle class would benefit most and 4 percent say low income
tax payers would benefit most.
Responses varied on whether the tax plan would hurt them personally, with 31 percent
saying it would hurt them, 20 percent saying it would help them and 42 percent saying it
would have no impact.