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Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Majority Of Americans Do Not Want To Repeal Obamacare

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Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Majority Of Americans Do Not Want To Repeal Obamacare


By Jilian Mincer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – About a quarter of U.S. Republicans do not want to see Obamacare repealed, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

Trump and his fellow Republicans, who control Congress, have promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, but a majority of Americans, including 25 percent of Republicans polled, do not want it to be repealed.

The law has been credited with helping about 20 million people get insurance coverage. Only one in five Americans would repeal the law immediately, the poll found.

Republicans were sharply divided, with 25 percent of those polled wanting to keep it intact or fix problem parts. Some 32 percent would repeal it immediately, while 44 percent would wait to repeal it once an alternative plan is ready to go.

“There is some recognition, even from Republican supporters, that the underlying goals of the law are worthwhile,” said Jack Hoadley, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. “They still want something done, they don’t want it to disappear.”

About 10 percent of Democrats polled would keep the 2010 law as it is and another 70 percent want it to remain intact with some fixes. Some 19 percent of them want the law repealed, including 13 percent who want a replacement passed first.

Respondents interviewed by Reuters said they want the U.S. Congress to address problems such as the rising cost of healthcare but even many Republicans who have insurance don’t want it scrapped without a replacement.

“I’m afraid if you just repeal, people will lose it,” said Kathy Dugas, a Republican who works as a dietician near Jackson, Mississippi, which has one of the country’s highest obesity rates. “Healthcare should be about people, not about politics,” she said. “There has to be something to take care of people.”

Some congressional Republicans have expressed concern about starting a repeal absent clarity about how to replace provisions of the complicated and far-reaching law, but Congress is under pressure from Trump to act quickly.

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a fiscal 2017 budget by a vote of 227-198, nearly along party lines, that establishes a reconciliation procedure to shield an Obamacare repeal from Senate filibusters.

The Reuters poll mirrors findings from a poll released in early January by the Kaiser Family Foundation that also found the public divided: Almost half the people in that poll wanted the law repealed but 28 percent of that group want to know the details of the replacement before Obamacare is scrapped.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English in all 50 states. The question on Obamacare included responses from 2,232 American adults, including 951 Democrats and 879 Republicans. It has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 2 percentage points for the entire group, and 4 percentage points for the Democrats and Republicans.

(Reporting by Jilian Mincer Editing by Caroline Humer and Chris Kahn and James Dalgleish)



  1. Lynda Groom January 17, 2017

    Does anyone believe that for even a moment that the republicans in Congress give two shakes what the majority of the American wish for? Next time folks put representatives into office that share your actual beliefs and not political alignment. We are getting just the government that the voters asked for.

    1. itsfun January 18, 2017

      It really doesn’t matter who we elect. The party establishments will tell them what to say, how to vote, who to support, etc. We don’t vote for individuals anymore, we vote for political parties.

    2. latebloomingrandma January 18, 2017

      Yet somehow, the people in dire straits in their lives with lost jobs, etc., believe that a crooked billionaire , who was always a member of the privileged class, who lives in a gaudy glass castle in the sky and sits on a gold toilet, actually understands their lives and cares about them. Still looking for that fairy tale ending?

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  3. FireBaron January 18, 2017

    Since when have the Republicans in Congress cared what the American people want. All they ever did was elect them. If it weren’t for Big Pharma or other groups like that, those poor congressmen would be forced to live on the paltry $147K per year they are paid.

    1. plc97477 January 18, 2017

      I think some of the repugnants are getting worried. Now that they are soon to be in charge of all 3 branches of government they won’t have a scapegoat to blame their failings on. They might actually have to work for a change.

      1. latebloomingrandma January 18, 2017

        If they make a mess of everything, they need to OWN it. And Democrats need to get out the vote.

  4. TCarlucci January 18, 2017

    And now for all of those who voted for tRump without realizing that ACA and Obamacare are the same thing – you will get what you deserve. Screwed.

  5. FF January 18, 2017

    So this is interesting: A driver for Uber wondered aloud to his passenger why Congress was working to repeal the ACA (which he liked), instead of repealing Obamacare (which he clearly didn’t like)!!! Obviously for this person, if the President’s name is attached to something, it must be bad. A sad commentary on the sheer number of uninformed people in our country.

  6. bobnstuff January 18, 2017

    Only 54% of the registered votes showed up to vote, Trump got 47% of those votes so 25% of the registered voters get to say what happened in our country. Maybe if our country gets screwed up enough people will start caring enough to vote.

  7. itsfun January 18, 2017

    I don’t like Obamacare the ACA or whatever you want to call it. We do need affordable health care available for everyone. There are some good things in Obamacare and also some terrible things. I don’t care if we repeal and replace or just fix Obamacare. I don’t care if we call it Obamacare2, Trumpcare1, ACA1,2 or whatever. Just get it right for everyone that needs it. Give people options on what they want, give people a chance to go across state lines to get better prices. A new plan needs to be flexible and be able to be changed or fixed in a timely manner. Look at all the time, money and heartburn we are going through now. If putting a persons name on it automatically makes people hate then it , don’t let it get labeled that way.

    1. Jim Samaras January 18, 2017

      What you say is correct however the left will not go along with any plan that doesn’t have a zero on it for this countries many indigent democratic voters who won’t pay sh^t.

      1. ralphkr January 18, 2017

        And what about the millions of indigent Republican voters who won’t pay? When I was a LEO over 99% of those on welfare with which I came in contact were Republicans…which made sense since almost 100% or the locals were Republicans. When I was a kid our county clerk announced that he had positive proof of voter fraud because there had been four votes for FDR and there were only two traitors in our county and he had stopped one of them from voting because he had come to the polls in overalls.


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