Budget office examination of health care bill confirms fears

Since returning from his first overseas trip last weekend, President Trump has called on Congress to move forward with his key agenda items, particularly the American Health Care Act, which is meant to replace the Affordable Care Act. In contrast, 49 percent have a favorable view of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

If that happens and President Donald Trump's administration opts to get rid of a set of payments that lower some health care costs for the lowest-income people with ACA plans, the estimated increases would jump to 36 percent, according to the department. As the bill stands today, most young, healthy enrollees will end up paying less for healthcare than they do under Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA, while older, health-challenged enrollees will likely pay more.

Despite these views, the public generally has a more unfavorable view of the replacement legislation than a favorable one.

The puzzle is that while this pilot project was approved by a Republican-dominated Congress, the House of Representatives - also controlled by Republicans - eagerly passed a measure this month that would drive 23 million people off the insurance rolls, according to the Congressional Budget Office. John Thune of South Dakota is hashing out plans to make the GOP plan's tax credits more generous for older and needy people who buy insurance on their own.

Given the apparent distaste for aspects of the AHCA, it perhaps comes as no surprise that many Americans want significant changes to be made to the House version of the bill.

Now that the Republican-controlled House has passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that allows states to terminate numerous ACA protections, such as pre-existing conditions and basic medical care, the country has a new death panel - the Republican politicians. It was the latest in an ongoing series of Kaiser surveys on health care.Senators are on break this week, back in their home states sounding out constituents.

For instance, 60% of people were less likely to support the AHCA due to a provision that allows states to apply for a wavier to repeal a key Obamacare protection that obligates insurers to cover a baseline of medical care, such as maternity care, mental healthcare, and emergency-room visits. Overall, 52 percent of voters said they support Obamacare in the May poll, up from 46 percent support in March. A majority, however, believed that it would increase costs for them and their family.

House Republicans were criticized for passing such a bill before the assessment.

About half of respondents think the upper chamber should make either "major" or "minor" changes to it, while 29% say the Senate should not pass the bill.

It's become the knee-jerk reaction for Republicans, in light of an ugly Congressional Budget Office analysis of their Obamacare repeal bill, to point the finger at the non-partisan research agency instead.

Now, larger shares fear the cost of health care for themselves or their families (45 percent), they're ability to acquire and keep coverage (34 percent) and the quality of that coverage (34 percent) would get worse under the GOP plan to scrap the law.

The poll found that the ACA — or "Obamacare" — is more popular than the AHCA, or "Trumpcare".

The poll, conducted May 16 to 22, surveyed 1,205 adults with a 3% margin of error.

  • Larry Hoffman