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Poll: 17% Of Americans Support Trumpcare

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Less than one-fifth of Americans support President Donald Trump's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

According to a Quinnipiac poll, only 17 percent of poll respondents said they support the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the GOP alternative to the ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare.

And the majority of poll respondents -- 56 percent -- are outright opposed to the AHCA, along wth 26 percent who remain undecided.

Dislike of Trump's plan to replace the ACA appears to be a bipartisan opinion, according to the Quinnipiac poll.

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of Democrats disfavor Trump's health care plan, 80 percent to 3 percent.

But most Republicans are against "Trumpcare," as well.

Among Republicans, 56 percent oppose their party's health care proposal, with only 22 percent in favor of the GOP alternative.

And among independents, 58 percent oppose the AHCA, with 14 percent in favor of it.

The opinion of 61 percent of poll respondents is that fewer people would be covered under Trump's plan, while only 8 percent say more people will be covered -- 18 percent said the numbers will be the same.

How U.S. lawmakers vote on Trump's healthcare plan could have political ramifications among their constituents.

The Quinnipiac poll found that 46 percent of voters said they will be less likely to vote for their U.S. Senator or congressional representative if that person votes in favor of Trump's healthcare plan, while 19 percent said they will be more likely and 29 percent said the vote won't matter.

"Replacing Obamacare will come with a price for elected representatives who vote to scrap it, say many Americans, who clearly feel their health is in peril under the Republican alternative," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

A congressional vote on the AHCA was supposed to be held March 23, but was delayed until March 24. Although Republicans hold the majority in the House, CNN reported that more than 21 Republicans were planning to vote against the bill. And with no Democrats expected to vote in favor of it, Trump's plan was likely to be voted down.

But Republican House Majority Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said a vote will take place on March 24.

"For seven-and-a-half years we have been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it's collapsing and it's failing families, and tomorrow we're proceeding," Ryan said, according to the BBC.

Sources: Quinnipiac University, BBC, CNN / Photo credit: Voice of America/Wikimedia Commons

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