Poll: Less Than A Quarter Of Americans Support AHCA

| by Lauren Briggs

Republicans have championed their Obamacare replacement as a better alternative to the Affordable Care Act, but it remains unpopular among voters.

Only 21 percent of people surveyed in a poll released on May 11 said they approve of the legislation that passed through the House of Representatives on May 4.

According to the survey from Quinnipiac University, the 21 percent score for the American Health Care Act was an improvement over the 17 percent of respondents who said they approved of it in March, when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, pulled an earlier draft of the bill due to lack of Republican support.

"Republicans gave up on their first attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare when a March 23 Quinnipiac University poll showed 17 percent of American voters supported their bill," said Tim Malloy, the poll's assistant director. "The second attempt wins the support of 21 percent of voters. The grim diagnosis from voters: Health care will cost more and deliver less."

In total, 56 percent of voters do not approve of the proposed iteration of Trumpcare. Every surveyed demographic opposes the plan, with the exception of Republicans, who support it by 48 percent to 16 percent.

Three quarters of voters agreed it is a "bad idea" for states to be able to let health care companies raise insurance premiums on those with pre-existing conditions, while 64 percent of respondents said they prefer the existing law that protects people with pre-existing conditions from rate increases, and a full 96 percent said that health care should be affordable for all. Two-thirds expressed disapproval with the way President Donald Trump is moving forward regarding health care.

Ryan has expressed confidence that the vote will clear the Senate, and he promised that the GOP would work together in a transparent process to "deliver relief and peace of mind to the millions of Americans suffering under Obamacare" upon introducing the bill in March, according to his official website.

"Obamacare is rapidly collapsing," Ryan said while introducing the bill, according to the House Speaker website. "Skyrocketing premiums, soaring deductibles, and dwindling choices are not what the people were promised seven years ago. It's time to turn a page and rescue our health care system from this disastrous law. The American Health Care Act … protects young adults, patients with pre-existing conditions, and provides a stable transition so that no one has the rug pulled out from under them."

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