Americans: GOP health care bill will cost them

The poll found that 8 percent of respondents thought the AHCA should be passed by the Senate in its current form.

The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in early May, is a positive move, a health care policy advisor for the Heartland Institute in Chicago said recently.

Obamacare is expensive for insurers because they're required to cover sick people without charging them higher rates. It moves us closer to a system where we help those who cannot take care of themselves, while others can afford their health insurance again. They have a very simple solution: Don't use the health-care bill to finance a huge tax cut. More than one-third indicated that the GOP bill would make it harder to obtain and keep health insurance, compared with 21% who thought a PPACA repeal would have that outcome. While offering few details, he's vowed to improve coverage and cut costs.

About the only way the AHCA looks good, for that matter, is to read the CBO's analysis with the largest of political blinders on, as many House Republicans, including Rep. John Faso of Kinderhook, seem to have done. Only 28 percent thought it would increase the cost of their own health care, while 21 percent said it would worsen access to health insurance, and 19 percent were concerned about quality.Now, when asked about the GOP health care bill, 45 percent feared their costs would go up, 34 percent were anxious about their ability to get and keep health insurance, and 34 percent were concerned that quality would suffer.The poll found that Obama's law is more popular than the House plan.

Fifty-five percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Republicans' healthcare plan, compared to 31 percent who like it, a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed. Most Republicans like the bill, but they don't love it.

In a poll conducted May 12-14, 61 percent of independent voters said they approved of the expansion, and a plurality, or 45 percent, said any replacement bill should leave the provision in place. Fifty-one percent said it fulfilled some pledges.On the plus side for Trump and his congressional allies, the poll found that the GOP base continues to support the House bill, with 67 percent of Republicans saying they view it favorably. Some 49 percent of Americans support Obamacare, compared with almost 30 percent of Americans who take a favorable stance regarding the AHCA.

After Trump won, relatively few people saw personal risks from his promised repeal of Obama's health overhaul. Roughly half of those polled believe that the new legislation would not change their ability to get health insurance or the quality of care. Two-thirds of Republicans have a favorable view of the AHCA, and 84 percent of Democrats are opposed. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, said they don't want that. The margin of error is 3 percentage points. This could result in higher bad debt expenses for companies such as HCA Healthcare (HCA) and Universal Health Services (UHS).

  • Salvatore Jensen