Most say time to stop trying to repeal 'Obamacare'

Most say time to stop trying to repeal 'Obamacare'

Most say time to stop trying to repeal 'Obamacare'

Of the 78% who said the Trump administration should do what it can to sustain Obamacare, 51% were Trump supporters. Trump and his administration have suggested taking steps to repeal and replace the ACA.

A majority of the public (57 percent) want to see Republicans in Congress work with Democrats to make improvements to the 2010 health care law, while smaller shares say they want to see Republicans in Congress continue working on their own plan to repeal and replace the ACA (21 percent) or move on from health care to work on other priorities (21 percent). Trump has said the public will blame Democrats for any problems.

Almost two-thirds of the public oppose the president's negotiating tactics, the survey said. While around 6 in 10 overall say Trump should not use such disruptive tactics, a majority of Republicans back that approach.

The poll comes after the failure of the Senate GOP's ObamaCare repeal bill. Since insurers are legally required to reduce those costs, they say blocking the subsidies would force them to increase premiums for millions who buy private insurance, including those whose expenses aren't being reduced.

Sixty percent of those surveyed say that Trump and Republicans in Congress are responsible for any problems with ObamaCare going forward.

More than 7 in 10 Americans disapprove of the way that Republican leaders in Congress are handling their jobs.

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This month's survey again finds more of the public holding a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act than an unfavorable one (52% vs. 39%).

Asked the same question however about the Democratic leadership, 34% approved of the way they are carrying out their jobs compared to 59% who disapproved.

Similarly, six in 10 (60%) say that insurers' decisions not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces will affect everyone with insurance, and three-quarters (76%) say so about insurers charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces.

This month's survey also probes the public's views about the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces, which allow Americans who don't get insurance through their employer to shop for and purchase insurance, with tax credits available to low- and moderate-income customers.

Americans in general have a 16 percent approval of Congress which is also a record low for 2017, a drop of four percentage points from the 20 percent Gallup recorded in July.

The survey was conducted August 1-6, 2017, among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,211 adults ages 18 and older, living in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii (note: persons without a telephone could not be included in the random selection process).

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