Amer­i­cans want to move on from re­peal try

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kyle Stew­art

WASH­ING­TON» A ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans want mem­bers of Congress to ditch health care re­form ef­forts and fo­cus their at­ten­tion else­where, ac­cord­ing to a Reuters/Iposos poll con­ducted af­ter the Se­nate Repub­li­cans’ ef­fort crashed early Fri­day.

The new poll shows that nearly two-thirds of Amer­i­cans want to keep the 2010 health care law, ei­ther “en­tirely as is” or af­ter re­form­ing “prob­lem ar­eas.” This was an in­crease from Jan­uary, when just over half of Amer­i­cans agreed with that sen­ti­ment.

The poll, con­ducted Fri­day and Satur­day, sur­veyed more than 1,130 Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing 381 Repub­li­cans and 475 Democrats, af­ter the col­lapse of health care re­form in the Se­nate.

Re­sults showed that sup­port for the Af­ford­able Care Act still splits down party lines. While nine of 10 Democrats said they wanted to keep or mod­ify the 2010 law, only three of 10 Repub­li­cans said the same.

Repub­li­cans have cam­paigned on dis­man­tling the Af­ford­able Care Act since it was passed in 2010.

Three-fourths of Repub­li­cans said they still wanted their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives to re­peal and re­place the law. Most Repub­li­cans, how­ever, said other is­sues were more im­por­tant than health care re­form at the mo­ment.

Out of all Amer­i­cans, only 29 percent said their high­est pri­or­ity was health care re­form.

The poll also showed an in­crease in sup­port for spe­cific com­po­nents of the Af­ford­able Care Act. Seventy-seven percent of Amer­i­cans fa­vor ex­pand­ing Med­i­caid to low-in­come fam­i­lies, up from 66 percent in April 2012. And 43 percent said they sup­port re­quir­ing U.S. res­i­dents to own health in­surance, an in­crease from 36 percent in 2012.

Blame for the health care re­form fail­ure was shared, ac­cord­ing to sur­vey re­spon­dents. Twenty percent said Se­nate Repub­li­cans were “most re­spon­si­ble,” while 13 percent said Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, and 11 percent said Repub­li­can Sen. John McCain of Ari­zona. The re­main­ing 56 percent was di­vided be­tween Se­nate Democrats, Repub­li­can Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell of Ken­tucky and Repub­li­can Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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