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New Kaiser Family Foundation Poll Finds If Republicans Like Heller, Amodei Break Affordable Care Act, They Will Own It

April 7, 2017

Las Vegas, NV –  For Nevada’s Future today encouraged Senator Dean Heller and Congressman Mark Amodei to review the results of a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finding that not only do 61% of Americans say Republicans are responsible for any problems with the Affordable Care Act going forward, but that 3-in-4 Americans want President Trump to make the law work and stabilize insurance markets, compared to only 19 percent who think his administration should take steps to make the ACA fail and replace the law later. The poll comes the same week as reports that the Trump Administration officials and the House Freedom Caucus have been holding closed door negotiations for reviving the failed Republican TrumpCare bill, including breaking the GOP’s promise of preserving consumer protections for the 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.  The TrumpCare bill that was pulled from the House floor last month amid bipartisan opposition was opposed overwhelmingly by 83 percent of voters.

Artie Blanco, State Director, For Nevada’s Future: “What Republicans should take from this poll is if they break the Affordable Care Act, they will own it. They should take it as a sign that it is time to start working with Democrats to strengthen the law, not gut it.  Instead, we’re seeing Trump and Republicans wheeling and dealing behind the scenes to make a terrible bill even worse.  It was bad enough that the CBO found that the failed TrumpCare bill would strip health coverage from 24 million people and explode premiums for older Americans.  Now they want to throw out protections for people with pre-existing conditions and let insurance companies charge patients whatever they want. Another costly idea they’re floating is to let insurance companies deny coverage for basic services such as prescription drugs, doctor visits or maternity care. It’s a sick joke, not a serious health care plan. If they think this is the key to turning around opposition from voters, the AARP, and the American Medical Association, then good luck with that. Over April Congressional Recess, we hope Congressman Amodei and Senator Heller will grace their constituents with their presence at a public forum to discuss where they stand on this crueler Republican TrumpCare bill in the works that would make Nevadans pay more for even less coverage.”

BACKGROUND: CNBC, April 4, 2017: Big majority of Americans, among them Trump supporters, want the president to try to make Obamacare work.  According to CNBC:

  • pollreleased Tuesday shows that a whopping 75 percent of Americans, including a majority of supporters of President Donald Trump, want Trump and his administration to do what they can to make the Affordable Care Act work. That sentiment was strongest among Democrats and independents.
  • But 51 percent of Republicans surveyed said the same thing about the landmark health-care reform law, the Kaiser Family Foundation poll found. A total of 54 percent of self-described Trump supporters want the president to make Obamacare work.
  • The survey also found that just 19 percent of Americans — and only 38 percent of Republicans — want the Trump administration to take steps to make Obamacare fail so that it can be replaced afterward. And the poll shows that two-thirds of the public, 64 percent, said it was a “good thing” that Congress did not pass the GOP bill to repeal and replace key parts of Obamacare.
  • Kaiser’s survey found that 61 percent of people said that Trump and congressional Republicans would be responsible “for any problems with the Affordable Care Act going forward” because they control the federal government.”

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