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Most Americans Don’t Support Repealing Health Law Without A Replacement, Survey Finds

The poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation also found that nearly half the country does not favor repeal at all.

The Washington Post: Only 1 In 5 Americans Supports Republicans’ ‘Repeal And Delay’ Obamacare Strategy
The Republican plan to immediately do away with the Affordable Care Act and come up with a replacement later is out of sync with what most Americans want, according to a new poll. Only 1 in 5 people supports repealing President Obama's health-care law before the replacement is worked out. Republicans officially began the work to unravel the law this week, but a Trump transition team member told The Washington Post they had six months to come up with a replacement. The poll suggests the likely “repeal and delay” agenda, in which a replacement plan is crafted months after a vote to repeal parts of the law, isn't supported by most voters. (Johnson, 1/6)

Los Angeles Times: Americans Don't Want To Scrap Obamacare Without Something To Replace It, New Poll Shows
The vast majority of Americans do not support Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act without enacting a replacement, a new nationwide poll finds. Nearly half the country does not want the law, commonly called Obamacare, to be repealed at all. Even among those who want to see the law rolled back, most say Congress should wait to vote on repeal until the details of a replacement plan have been announced. (Levey, 1/5)

Kaiser Health News: Only 20 Percent Of Americans Support Health Law Repeal Without Replacement Plan
The Republican strategy of repealing the Affordable Health Care Act before devising a replacement plan has the support of only one in five Americans, a poll released Friday finds. The Kaiser Family Foundation survey also disclosed that shrinking the federal government’s involvement and spending in health care — the long-sought goal of House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican lawmakers — is less important to most Americans than is ensuring medical care is affordable and available. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent project of the foundation.) (Rau, 1/6)

NPR: Americans Say: Don't Repeal Obamacare Without A Replacement Plan
An overwhelming majority of people disapprove of Republican lawmakers' plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without having a ready replacement for the health care law, according to a poll released Friday. And judging by the letter-writing and lobbying in the first week of the new Congressional session, many health care and business groups agree. (Kodjak, 1/6)

Bay Area News Group: Obamacare: Poll Finds Few Americans Want Health Law Repealed Right Away
As President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress this week began to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a new poll shows that most Americans either don’t want the health care law repealed, or prefer to delay killing the law until details of the GOP’s substitute are revealed. The survey, conducted by the Menlo Park-based Kaiser Family Foundation in mid-December, found that three-fourths of those polled either oppose repealing the law (47 percent), or want to wait to repeal it until details of the replacement law are firmed up (28 percent). (Seipel, 1/6)

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