Nearly half of Americans say Republican healthcare reform ’not an improvement’: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Chris Kahn

Reuters

25th March 2017

Nearly half of American adults said the Republican healthcare reform measure is ”not an improvement” over Obamacare, according to a opinion poll released on Friday. The Republican bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which is up for a vote in the House of Representatives later on Friday, is expected to cut the federal deficit while greatly increasing the number of Americans without health insurance. Democratic leaders are unified against the bill while some conservative Republicans have criticized it for not doing enough to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the measure familiarly known as Obamacare which was passed in 2010 and was the signature domestic achievement of former President Barack Obama.

According to the March poll, 49 percent of American adults said the AHCA was ”not an improvement” over Obamacare, which helped about 20 million people get insurance coverage. Another 33 percent said the Republican bill was ”an improvement” over Obamacare, and the remaining 18 percent did not know. The responses were largely split along party lines.

Some 19 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans said the AHCA was better than Obamacare, while 73 percent of Democrats and 22 percent of Republicans said it was not an improvement. The poll was conducted online in English in all 50 states. It first asked if people were familiar with the Republican reform.

Those who said they were familiar were then asked whether they thought it was an improvement. Altogether, some 1, 741 people responded to both questions. This includes 673 Republicans and 829 Democrats.

The poll has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 3 percentage points for the entire group and 4 percentage points for the responses from Democrats and the Republicans. (See a graphic of what Americans think of the GOP healthcare plan here: ) (Reporting by Chris Kahn; Editing by Leslie Adler) CHICAGO The fate of a spending plan and tax hike aimed at ending Illinois’ unprecedented budget impasse moved on Tuesday to the House of Representatives, which will seek to enact the legislation by overriding the Republican governor’s vetoes. New Jersey and Maine ended partial government shutdowns just in time for the Fourth of July holiday on Tuesday, helping New Jersey Governor Chris Christie move past the embarrassment of being photographed on a beach that had been closed to the public.

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