The ACA is more popular than the GOP health care bill
We knew the Republican health care effort wasn't polling well, but a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll out this morning puts a finer point on it: It's way less popular than the Affordable Care Act that it's supposed to replace.
Data: Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll; Chart: Lazaro Gamio / Axios
Just 30% of the public likes the American Health Care Act, the House health care bill. (The poll was done before the Senate bill came out.) Meanwhile, the ACA, which has never been loved, is slowly becoming more accepted. It's now favored by 51% of the public — the first time it's topped 51% since Kaiser started polling on it in 2010.
- Republicans still support the AHCA, but their support has gotten softer. It's down to 56% (was 67% last month).
- Nearly three-fourths of the public have favorable views of Medicaid — but 70% say states should be able to impose work requirements for non-disabled adults, as Republicans want.
- Good news for Republicans and Democrats: the public doesn't blame either of you for insurers pulling out of the ACA markets. It blames the insurance companies — four in 10 Americans say the insurers are withdrawing because of profit-driven decisions.