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Poll: Support Sinking For GOP Health Care Bill

| by Robert Fowler

New polling indicates that support for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is waning among registered voters. Approval for the GOP proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) appears to have dipped after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that it would result in millions losing their health care coverage.

On Mar. 22, a Morning Consult/Politico survey found that 40 percent of registered voters approved of the AHCA while 35 percent disapproved; 19 percent of respondents were undecided about the bill, according to the Morning Consult.

These findings signal shrinking support for the health care bill when compared to polling from only a week ago. On March 15, the same polling group found that 46 percent of registered voters approved of the bill while 35 percent disapproved of it.

On March 13, the CBO released its estimate on how the U.S. health care system would be impacted if the AHCA was signed into law to replace the ACA, also known as Obamacare. The nonpartisan office estimated that under the Republican proposal, 24 million more Americans would be without health insurance by 2026 than if the ACA was kept in place, Business Insider reports.

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The latest poll asked registered voters how the CBO estimate had impacted their impression of the AHCA. While 52 percent of respondents said that they were more likely to support the bill based on the estimate that it would eventually lower premiums by 10 percent in the long term, 59 percent said that they were less likely to support the proposal based on the estimate that premiums would initially increase by 15 to 20 percent.

Meanwhile, 53 percent of registered voters said they were less likely to support the AHCA after learning that it could result in up to 24 million more Americans without coverage.

Lastly, the survey found that 43 percent of registered voters believe that Republican lawmakers should slow down their efforts to pass the AHCA while 17 percent think they are moving at the right pace.

The House is slated to vote on the AHCA on March 23. With Democratic lawmakers expected to be unanimously opposed, the bill will not pass the chamber if 22 or more Republicans vote against it.

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Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence support the AHCA. The House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, has urged his colleagues to vote yes on the bill.

On March 22, Ryan told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that Republicans had to pass the AHCA in order to fulfill their pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"We've got a promise to keep," Ryan said, according to Politico. "We promised the American people we would repeal and replace this law. We have to do it for real, not for fake. For real."

Several House Republicans remain skeptical of the bill, many citing pressure from their voters.

On March 21, Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky disclosed that he had received 275 calls from his constituents urging him to vote against the AHCA, while only four had asked him to support it.

"This is an unpopular bill," Massie told MSNBC. "Whether you're liberal or conservative."

Sources: Business InsiderMorning Consult, MSNBCPolitico (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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