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Approval For GOP Health Plan Ticks Up Slightly To 21 Percent

But 75 percent of respondents – and 59 percent of Republicans – say it is a “bad idea” to allow states to opt out of cost-lowering protections for those with preexisting conditions. A separate poll looks at the percent of Americans who are worried about losing access to care.

Politico: Poll: Just 21 Percent Approve Of House’s Obamacare Repeal Bill
Less than a quarter of American voters surveyed in a new poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University approve of the legislation passed last week by the House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Fifty-six percent of those polled said they disapprove of the legislation, dubbed the American Health Care Act, while just 21 percent said they support it. The support for the legislation represents an improvement over the 17 percent who said they supported the iteration of the bill that failed to pass the House in March. (Nelson, 5/11)

Modern Healthcare: Majority Of Americans Fear They'll Lose Health Insurance
The idea that the government has a responsibility to make sure everyone has access to "affordable, quality healthcare" is highly popular, according to a new survey from Consumer Reports. That's similar to other recent national polls. Consumer Reports conducted a poll from April 6 to 9, with a nationally representative sample and released the results Thursday. It found that 56% of Republicans say the government should make sure everyone can access affordable healthcare, and 78% of all respondents agreed. (Lee, 5/11)

And a look at what the health legislation might mean for you —

Columbus Dispatch: How Would The House GOP Health-Care Plan Affect You?
By rapidly approving a major overhaul last week of the 2010 health-care law known as Obamacare, House Republicans have raised questions among many voters on precisely what kind of coverage they will receive if the Senate approves the same version — unlikely as that might be. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has not analyzed the latest House GOP bill. But in March, the office analyzed a similar measure and concluded the number of Americans without health insurance or government coverage would increase by 24 million by 2026. (Torry, 5/12)

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