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Poll: Trump Health Care Bill Fails To Keep Promises

| by Jordan Smith

Most Americans are not impressed by President Donald Trump's health care reform bill, according to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The poll found that 75 percent of respondents believe the American Health Care Act, passed by the House in early May, does not fulfill most of Trump's promises, according to The Associated Press. Over two-thirds -- 35 percent -- of the 1,205 people surveyed between May 16 and 22 felt that the bill fulfilled none of Trump's health care promises, while 40 percent said it fulfilled some promises. 

Trump has described the AHCA in the past as a "great plan," but the poll found that only 8 percent of respondents thought the AHCA should be passed by the Senate in its current form.

"There is nothing in this poll that if you were in the Senate would cause you to rush out and pass the House bill," Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the AP.

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The AHCA would remove the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance, cut government subsidies for private health care, and reduce taxes on wealthier Americans. It would also halt the expansion of Medicaid initiated under the existing Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

The reform continues to enjoy support among Trump's base, with 67 percent of Republicans saying they approve of the AHCA.

"I suggest that we add more dollars to health care and make it the best anywhere. ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!" Trump tweeted on May 28.

According to an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, the AHCA would eventually result in 23 million people losing their existing health care coverage. It also found that people with pre-existing conditions would be priced out of the market.

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The bill is now being considered in the Senate, which is expected to make significant changes.

Senate staffers will reportedly start on a draft bill during the current recess so that discussions can advance when lawmakers return.

"There is no final agreement yet," said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, according to the Hill. "This is a process."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview that he remained unsure how Senate Republicans would secure enough votes to pass health care legislation.

One issue being debated by Republicans is whether to support state waivers for Obamacare's pre-existing conditions rules.

"As Senator McConnell likes to point out, with 50 senators needed to agree on this bill, everybody's in a strong position, so we can't roll anybody, so we're going to have to continue to talk about that issue and try to come to consensus," Cornyn added.

Sources: Donald J. Trump/Twitter, The Associated Press, The Hill / Photo credit: Shealah Craighead/Wikimedia Commons

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