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Americans: Stop Trying To Undermine The Health Law And Start Fixing It

Just 3 in 10 want President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to continue their drive to repeal and replace the statute, while nearly 8 in 10 say Trump should be trying to make the health law work according to a new poll.

The Associated Press: Poll: Most Say Time To End Effort To Repeal Obama Health Law
Message to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans: It's time to make the Obama health care law more effective. Stop trying to scuttle it. That's the resounding word from a national poll released Friday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. The survey was taken following last month's Senate derailment of the GOP drive to supplant much of President Barack Obama's statute with a diminished federal role in health care. (Fram, 8/11)

Kaiser Health News: Americans Eager For Leaders To Cooperate To Make Health Law Work
Move on. That’s what most people say Congress and the Trump administration should do after the Senate failed to approve legislation in July to  revamp the Affordable Care Act, according to a survey this month. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say President Donald Trump should be trying to make the health law work, according to poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. This includes large majorities of Democrats (95 percent) as well as half of Republicans (52 percent) and President Trump’s supporters (51 percent). (Galewitz, 8/11)

The Hill: Poll: 78 Percent Say Trump Should Try To Make ObamaCare Work 
Eight in ten Americans say President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make ObamaCare work, according to a new poll released Friday. That includes 95 percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and even a majority of Republicans at 52 percent, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation Poll. (Hellmann, 8/11)

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The Associated Press: Swing-District House GOP Feel The Heat On Health Care
Republican Rep. David Young angered conservatives in Iowa when he initially opposed a House Republican health care bill then weeks later backed it. Independents were frustrated with the two-term congressman's embrace of a partisan approach to repealing and replacing Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. And now the Democrats are coming. (8/11)

WABE: Health Care Divides Raucous Town Hall Hosted By GOP Rep. Collins
Georgia’s 9th Congressional District includes more than a dozen counties in the northeast part of the state, and it’s the country’s third most conservative, but a town hall hosted by its representative Wednesday showed sharp divisions. Republican Rep. Doug Collins answered questions from a crowd of more than 250 at the Gainesville city courthouse, at times talking over liberal protesters and his GOP supporters who yelled at them to “shut up.” (Kauffman, 8/10)

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