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Half of Republicans would back postponing 2020 election if Trump proposed it

Half of Republicans would back postponing 2020 election if Trump proposed it

Nearly 6 in 10 people think the Republicans should work with Democrats to improve the health law.

Similarly, six in 10 (60%) say that insurers' decisions not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces will affect everyone with insurance, and three-quarters (76%) say so about insurers charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces.

Notably, a large majority believe that Trump and the GOP are responsible for any problems with Obamacare going forward. "Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!". Trump has said the public will blame Democrats for any problems.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blamed President Trump's early timelines, saying, "Our new president has of course not been in this line of work before and I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process".

On three separate attempts in late July, McConnell fell short of the 50 GOP votes he needed to pass legislation scrapping Obama's law. Citing the "reality of the complexity of legislating" and the president's inexperience in government, McConnell said that he found criticism of the lack of progress "extremely irritating".

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With the Kaiser survey consistently showing clear overall public support for retaining Obama's law, the numbers help explain why some centrist Republicans who rely on moderate voters' support opposed repeal or backed it only after winning some concessions. A much smaller share of the public (17%), including four in 10 Republicans (40%) and Trump supporters (39%), say the President and his Administration should do what they can to make the law fail so they can replace it later.

Just 21 percent of respondents — but 49 percent of Republicans — want the GOP to continue working on a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the survey said.

If the media and the establishment try to bring Trump down they are in for a rude awakening. Analysts say that would roil insurance markets because fewer healthy people would buy policies, leaving them with greater proportions of expensive, seriously ill customers.

Asked later Thursday about McConnell, Trump suggested that if the Kentucky Republican can't get health care reform, tax reform and infrastructure spending done, he should consider stepping aside.

A KFF poll released Friday finds that 52 percent of Americans now have a favorable view of the 2010 healthcare law, a 2-point increase from the same poll last month. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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