President-elect Donald Trump might have made a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, a key tenet of his campaign, but a national survey shows that only 26 percent of Americans agree with him.
The survey, conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, which has been tracking public support for Obamacare since it became law in 2010, finds a consistent trend of support divided along party lines, reports The Huffington Post.
The survey, which ran from Nov. 15 through 21, found that 30 percent of respondents want to “expand what [Obamacare] does,” and 19 percent of those surveyed believe the country should “move forward with implementing the law as it is.” Another 17 percent want to “scale back what the law does,” and only 26 percent want to “repeal the entire law”. Finally, 7 percent of respondents either had no opinion or answered “none of these.”
In the weeks following Trump’s election, he has scaled back rhetoric calling for a complete repeal of Obamacare.
"For all the times that the president-elect has expressed his desire to repeal and replace Obamacare … [he] campaigned on universal coverage," said Avik Roy with the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, reports Politico. "That's a very different set of principles … than you might expect from a generic Republican president-elect."
"Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced," Trump told The Wall Street Journal just days after his election, notes Politico. He then told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he plans to keep several key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
“When you replace [Obamacare], are you going to make sure that people with pre-conditions are still covered?” interviewer Lesley Stahl asked.
“Yes,” Trump responded. “Because it happens to be one of the strongest assets.”