GOP Senators Tweet Trump in Support of McConnell

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

Sixty percent of Americans said that Trump and Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, are now responsible for problems with the law, compared to less than half of that - 28 percent - who say the blame for problems with the law lie with Obama and Democrats. Three in 10 (31%) support President Trump using whatever tactics are necessary to encourage Democrats to start negotiating.

In fact, says the report, the majority of Americans think that health insurance companies charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces will have a negative impact on them and their family, while fewer (31 percent) say it will have no impact. Far fewer want Republicans to continue working on their own plan to repeal and replace the law (21%) or move on to other priorities (21%).

The president has been smarting from the Senate's failure to pass an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, a long-standing priority for the GOP and a marquee campaign promise from Trump previous year. Then, again on Thursday: "Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing".

On Wednesday, Trump lashed out at McConnell after the Kentucky Republican appeared to suggest in a speech Monday the president lacks the political experience to understand how Congress works.

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

Still, confusion about the law remains.

"Americans are so sick of these career politicians and their line of work and that's why they elected Donald Trump", conservative author, commentator and former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey told Fox Business. Marketplace coverage affects only those buying individual insurance — not those who get job-based plans or Medicare or Medicaid. 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).

Views of the ACA continue to improve across constituents from all political parties, with 52 percent of the public viewing the law favorably, according to the latest poll from Kaiser Family Foundation.

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