Paul Ryan introducing the American Health Care Act earlier this month. (Screen shot via CSPAN)
56 percent of those polled expressed disapproval over the AHCA, the GOP measure intended to replace the Affordable Care Act. Out of the Republicans surveyed, only 41 percent approved of the GOP healthcare bill.
The poll likely increases pressure on the GOP, which has struggled to agree on a single piece of healthcare legislation to repeal and/or replace the ACA. In fact, a vote to repeal the ACA scheduled for Thursday was unexpectedly postponed due to a lack of support, wielding another blow to House Speaker Paul Ryan and fellow Republicans.
“Replacing Obamacare will come with a price for elected representatives who vote to scrap it, say many Americans, who clearly feel their health is in peril under the Republican alternative,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll, stated.
Voters also strongly opposed any funding cuts to Medicaid: 74 percent overall and 54 percent of Republicans opposed budget cuts to the program.
The discussion over whether to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, however, provokes wildly differing opinions. 71 percent of Republicans support funding cuts to Planned Parenthood, while 86 percent of Democrats oppose cuts.
However, Quinnipiac notes:
When it is explained that federal funding for Planned Parenthood is used only for non- abortion health issues, American voters oppose cutting federal funding to Planned Parenthood 80 – 14 percent, including 60 – 32 percent among Republicans. In a simple question, without the explanation, voters oppose cutting Planned Parenthood funding 61 – 33 percent.
And although a majority of Republicans (64 percent) approve of the way President Trump is handling healthcare, 21 percent disapprove.
See the full poll results here.
—Posted by Emma Niles
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