Republicans may have promised to kill the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, affectionately referred to as “Obamacare.” Yet despite being in control of the House and Senate, their efforts have failed. While many Americans like the idea of Obamacare, the majority don’t want to pay higher taxes to keep it going.
According to a recent poll, 52% of U.S. voters say they do not want to pay any additional taxes to keep Obamacare alive. A small minority, (13%) are happy to pay $100.00 more in additional taxes annually, while 11% would be okay with paying an extra $300.00 in taxes each year. Just eight percent would be willing to pay $500.00 more annually to fund Obamacare and only eight percent would pay a $1,000 (or more) in additional taxes to keep Obamacare alive.
Alternatives to Obamacare aren’t taking shape, though. Fifty-two percent of Americans disapprove of the Graham-Cassidy health bill. In contrast, only 20% approve of the Republican-designed legislation aimed at replacing Obamacare.
Less than half of Republicans (46%) approve of the Graham-Cassidy bill, while just 18% of independents back it and a minuscule two percent of Democrats approve. A full 42% of Americans believe the Republicans are moving too fast to try and pass the new health bill. The division follows party lines: just 18% of Republicans believe the GOP is moving too fast, while 64% of Democrats and 39% of independents say the same.
Conversely, 32% of Republican voters say Washington’s efforts to repeal Obamacare are going too slow. This compares to 15% of Democratic voters and 19% of independent voters.
When it comes to the benefits of the Graham-Cassidy bill, 25% of respondents said it would hurt them; just seven percent think the newly proposed health bill will help them.
What is the alternative? The majority of American voters (52%) think Congress should dissect Obamacare piece by piece in an effort to improve it. More than a quarter (28%) think Congress should kill the new law and start from scratch, while 16% want Congress to leave Obamacare as it is.
Pinching pennies is still a major undercurrent for cash-strapped voters. Sixty-two percent of Americans think reducing healthcare costs is more important than ensuring everyone in the country has coverage.
“Most Voters Not Willing To Pay Higher Taxes for Obamacare,” Rasmussen Reports, September 25, 2017.
“Poll: Most disapprove of Graham-Cassidy health,” CBS News, September 25, 2017.
“Voters Still Put Lower Costs Over Health Insurance Mandate,” Rasmussen Reports, last accessed September 25, 2017.