Letting Obamacare implode might be Trump's least popular position yet

Letting Obamacare implode might be Trump's least popular position yet

A large majority of the public disapproves of Trump's suggestion that Republicans "let Obamacare implode" and move on to other policy priorities - 78% of those polled said Trump should do what he can to make the law work.

More Americans say it is more important for President Trump and Republicans to now make the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces work better (69%) than to continue plans to repeal and replace the law (29%).

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.

When Bartiromo asked if the Republican Party really wants the president to succeed, Trump responded, "I think that a vast majority of Republicans are on board with the president's agenda".

Most (60%) of the public say that President Trump and Republicans in Congress control the government and are responsible for any problems with the ACA going forward, twice the share (28%) who say President Obama and Democrats in Congress are responsible for such problems. "Senator Mitch McConnell said I had 'excessive expectations, ' but I don't think so", Trump tweeted.

For example, 6 in 10 Republicans and Trump backers want the GOP to continue its repeal and replace drive in Congress.

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So there you have it: Republicans have offered up four takes on repeal and replace and none of them increase the number of insured Americans or keep the same numbers as Obamacare.

Overall, 52 percent of respondents now approve of ObamaCare - a 9 point jump since Trump's election - while 39 percent disapprove.

"Americans are so sick of these career politicians and their line of work and that's why they elected Donald Trump", conservative author, commentator and former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey told Fox Business.

Similarly, six in 10 (60%) say that insurers' decisions not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces will affect everyone with insurance, and three-quarters (76%) say so about insurers charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces. Only 34 percent of Americans agree with him, while 62 percent favor moving on, including 47 percent of Republicans, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Friday. The sample was also weighted to match current patterns of telephone use using data from the July-December 2016 National Health Interview Survey.

The margin of sampling error including the design effect for the full sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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