Proposed Health Care Act Could Result in 23 Million Losing Insurance

Acknowledging the concerns of those who fear Republicans will not get the 50 votes necessary to pass a bill under reconciliation, Cornyn said that the Senate needs to work on "a consensus bill".

Roughly 31 percent of respondents said they either had a very favorable or somewhat favorable view of the American Health Care Act, and about 55 percent said they had a very unfavorable or somewhat unfavorable view.

Americans to the GOP's Obamacare repeal: Get well soon. Then, he said, Congress could take "a thoughtful approach", perhaps involving Democrats, to "repairing the damage" he says the Affordable Care Act caused.

Only 4 percent said the GOP bill fulfilled all of the president's promises, while another 10 percent said it delivered on most of his promises.

When it comes to health care, Americans like the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, more than they like the House Republicans' plan to replace it.

The Kaiser poll was conducted from May 16-22 among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,205 adults.

But support for Obamacare among independents has flipped since then, as Republicans in Congress continue to push forward to overhaul the nation's health insurance system. On Thursday, Burr expressed his skepticism during a local TV interview in his home state of North Carolina while Johnson said he wasn't "sure [he] would bet on" a package to repeal and replace the health law.

BRODIE: Right after the election, in December, when we asked people if their costs would get better or worse or their quality of care would get better or worse or access to care would get better or worse, you know, about a quarter across the board thought things would get worse for them.

Given the apparent distaste for aspects of the AHCA, it perhaps comes as no surprise that many Americans want significant changes to be made to the House version of the bill.

KODJAK: The Congressional Budget Office estimates that if the bill passes, 23 million fewer people will have health insurance than if Obamacare stayed in place. Richard Burr gave to a North Carolina television station in which he called the House-passed health-care bill "dead on arrival", adding: "I don't see a comprehensive health-care plan this year". And it rolls back the expansion of Medicaid.

Such an approach would neither satisfy Republicans who have demanded outright repeal of Obamacare for years nor square with the campaign promises of President Donald Trump. Some owners of private businesses also obtained exemptions after the Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that they could object to the rule on religious grounds.

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