Only 12 percent of Americans support the current Senate healthcare legislation that would make health insurance more expensive, and in many cases, out of reach for millions of Americans.
According to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll , only 26 percent of Republicans say they can support the bill, 17 percent oppose it and the remaining Republicans say they don’t have enough information due to the cloud of secrecy in which the bill was drafted.
A majority of Americans are upset over the issue of pre-existing conditions and support the idea that people with pre-existing conditions should be insurable and should not pay more just because they are saddled with a health risk.
In fact, the survey shows that 77 percent of those polled believe pre-existing conditions should remain in a new healthcare law. Medicaid expansion is favored by 66 percent of those polled and 57 percent want lower premiums than they are currently paying.
Perhaps, the most telling issue in the poll shows that Democrats are favored over Republicans to do what is best for them and their families, by a four to one margin. Whether Congressional Republicans will take heed to what the American public wants is doubtful, given their track record of putting themselves and their wealthy contributors ahead of voters.
A majority of registered Republicans still want Obamacare, either fixed or repealed altogether. Their biggest complaint is the personal mandate. Maybe Senate Republicans could get broader support for their bill if they left people with pre-existing conditions in the pool and lessened their Medicaid cuts. Then, the personal mandate could go. Yet the personal mandate has been created to place more people in the insurance pool in order to bring down premiums. So, it would seem premiums would have to increase significantly to make up the difference.
No matter how you look at it, repealing Obamacare, though very popular with their base, is not the easy quest Republicans thought it would be. Concealing information from the public and members of Congress and not allowing the bill to go through committees has tarnished the bill’s popularity, perhaps, beyond repair.