Half of Republicans would back postponing 2020 election if Trump proposed it

In this image made from video people read newspapers displayed on the street in Pyongyang North Korea Friday Aug. 11 2017. Despite tensions and talk of war life on the streets of the North Korean capital Pyongyang remained calm. AP
Trump hits McConnell for Senate crash of Obama health law repeal

12 August, 2017

The failure has led to huge infighting within the GOP: Trump wants another vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to move on, and Speaker Paul Ryan is eager to work on tax cuts for the rich.

Flying in the face of that, hard-line conservatives launched an uphill bid Friday to force a fresh House vote to revoke Obama's law without an immediate replacement.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of Americans said they want Republicans to work with Democrats to improve the law.

This finding and others from the poll suggest that most of the public is ready for Washington to move beyond the repeal-and-replace debate and instead focus on fixing shortcomings in the Affordable Care Act.

The poll also found that the majority of the public continues to view ObamaCare favorably.

By almost 2-to-1, poll respondents said it's good that the repeal-and-replace bill failed, and about 4 in 5 respondents want the White House and Republicans to focus on making the ACA better, the Associated Press reported.

Almost two-thirds of the public oppose the president's negotiating tactics, the survey said.

The national poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation was conducted after last month's failure by Senate Republicans to pass a bill to replace and repeal the Obama-era health care reform law. Trump has said the public will blame Democrats for any problems. For a White House that often seems more concerned with cementing support from Trump's loyalists than embracing the political center, that might help explain the president's persistence on the issue.

More Americans say it is more important for President Trump and Republicans to now make the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces work better (69%) than to continue plans to repeal and replace the law (29%). Analysts say that would roil insurance markets because fewer healthy people would buy policies, leaving them with greater proportions of expensive, seriously ill customers. Three in 10 (31%) support President Trump using whatever tactics are necessary to encourage Democrats to start negotiating.

The companies use the money to trim out-of-pocket costs for deductibles and copayments for around 7 million low- and middle-income people.

Overall, 52 percent of respondents now approve of ObamaCare - a 9 point jump since Trump's election - while 39 percent disapprove.

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). The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full sample.

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