ACA increasing in favorability among Democrats, Independents and Republicans

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Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service.

We've seen proof of health care's power as an issue in both the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections. His administration has discussed other moves like curbing outreach programs that persuade people to buy coverage and not enforcing the tax penalty the statute imposes on those who remain uninsured. If Republicans break Obamacare, they've bought it. "Other insurers state that if they do not get clarity by the time rates must be finalized - which is August 16 for the federal marketplace - they may either increase their premiums further or withdraw from the market".

Moving forward, a majority of the public (60 percent) says President Trump and Republicans in Congress are responsible for any problems with the ACA. That could be a bad sign for Republicans as they prepare to defend their House and Senate majorities in the 2018 elections. The Republican Party's slim majority in the Senate allows for no dissent, and it took just seven undocumented Democrats within the GOP ranks to scuttle the last attempt at full repeal. But it is still unlikely that Trump and the GOP will listen. Citing the "reality of the complexity of legislating" and the president's inexperience in government, McConnell said that he found criticism of the lack of progress "extremely irritating".

With the Kaiser survey consistently showing clear overall public support for retaining Obama's law, the numbers help explain why some centrist Republicans who rely on moderate voters' support opposed repeal or backed it only after winning some concessions. About half of Republicans and supporters of President Trump say the Trump administration should do what they can to make the law work (52 percent and 51 percent, respectively) while about four in ten say they should do what they can to make the law fail (40 percent and 39 percent, respectively).

Most Democrats (70%) and independents (59%) favor the bi-partisan approach, though almost half of Republicans (49%) and Trump supporters (46%) want Republicans to continue pursuing their own plan to repeal and replace the law. Most Republicans (58%) and Trump supporters (59%) support these hardball negotiating tactics. And equal shares of respondents (21%) said they want the GOP to continue working on its own replacement bill or to abandon their efforts altogether.

Trump has frequently tried pressuring Democrats to negotiate on health care by threatening to halt federal subsidies to insurers.

Nearly 6 in 10 people think the Republicans should work with Democrats to improve the health law.

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