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Majority Oppose GOP Repeal-And-Replace Bill

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A majority of Americans oppose the bill presented by Republicans in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation's latest poll, conducted between July 5 and 10, 61 percent of Americans view the GOP's replacement plan unfavorably.

This represents an increase from 55 percent in June. Those who said they had a very unfavorable view of the legislation rose from 38 percent in June to 44 percent in July.

Opinions are divided sharply along party lines. Whereas 86 percent of Democrats say they have an unfavorable view of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, 60 percent of republicans say they support it.

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Sixty-five percent of those polled oppose major cuts to Medicaid, and this opposition remains after arguments in favor of cutting the benefit are explained to them.

Supporters of the plan said the main reason for their favorable view of it was to get rid of Obamacare (32 percent). Another 22 percent said they backed the measure because they want insurance reform more broadly.

Among opponents, 23 percent said they rejected the GOP reform because it will have a negative effect on people, while 22 percent cited financial concerns.

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Looking ahead, 71 percent of respondents would like to see Republicans work together with Democrats in Congress to make improvements to Obamacare, rather than repealing the law. Twenty-three percent want Republicans to push ahead with their efforts to repeal-and-replace the ACA.

A majority of respondents believe the current law being discussed does not meet President Donald Trump's commitments on healthcare. Eighty-one percent of Democrats, 75 percent of independents, 56 percent of Republicans and 58 percent of Trump supporters said the current bill fails to live up to the president's promises.

The Kaiser poll was released one day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a revised healthcare bill on July 13. The Kentucky senator intends to hold a vote on the measure during the week of July 17.

Two senators, Rand Paul and Susan Collins, have already declared their opposition to the legislation, meaning that one more would be enough to prevent it from passing.

"After all of these years of suffering thru Obamacare, Republican Senators must come through as they have promised," Trump tweeted on July 14.

John Thune, a member of the GOP leadership in the Senate, told Reuters that to stick to McConnell's timetable, formal debate on the bill will have to begin July 18 or 19. A majority vote is required in the Senate to initiate such debate.

Sources: Kaiser Family Foundation, Reuters, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: The White House, Vice President Pence/TwitterGage Skidmore/Flickr

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