Gallup poll: For first time, majority approve of Obamacare
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 19:31
Womack, who was a "yes" on the GOP's American Health Care Act, said despite encouraging talk from some corners of the House, a revival was not in sight. But Republicans were unable to usher their replacement bill through the House, following disagreements between party factions on what parts of the law should be modified or eliminated. But the new administration is now considering allowing states to opt out of that rule, according to the Associated Press. "It could be exactly the same dollar amount, but it's just not in the bill referring to creating something new that conservatives find objectionable".
"'Obamacare" is the law of the land. "If we can get that group to get to 216, then I think that we'll move forward", he said. And he said that "one way or the other, I promised the people great health care".
Lawmakers said on Monday that the White House would like to see a revised bill come up for a vote as early as week's end, before the House breaks for its spring recess, and that the text of the new proposal could be ready some time on Tuesday. Critics of the plan say many states had high-risk pools before the Affordable Care Act and the costs were so high that few people enrolled in them.
But nixing some of the most popular provisions in Obamacare would place some Republicans in a precarious political position in the 2018 midterm elections.
The poll comes as Republicans engage in efforts to repeal and replace the ACA.
House Republicans are trying to revive talks on health reform, though Speaker Paul D. Ryan says the discussions are in the "conceptual" phase.
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the Republican bill would have resulted in an additional 24 million uninsured Americans in a decade.
"To conservatives mind's, the replacement tax credits have simply been an entitlement program that's similar to Obamacare subsidies". The other is the essential health benefits provision that spells out categories of benefits all insurance plans must cover. Both the flowing champagne and the gnashing of teeth had to do more with politics than with finding the best solution for America's health-care quandary. The reason is straightforward, but it's nearly impossible to solve: There was ideological opposition to the AHCA on both the left and the right wings of the Republican Party.
"The Gallup poll yesterday has it at, what, 55 [percent] positive on the Affordable Care Act, 42 [percent] negative".
Of the 49 GOP representatives whose ideological scores we know (i.e., those who served in the House before this Congress) and who were probable "no" votes on the AHCA, a little more than half were more moderate than the average House Republican. "The fact that it is still here means that the folks in our community are going to continue to have healthcare without any interruptions", Gray-Jackson said. Republicans can afford only 22 Republican defections, assuming all Democrats vote against the legislation.