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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Public continues to support Affordable Care Act- so improve it!

Majority Tells Trump "No Obamacare Repeal" As They Want Congress To Move On From Healthcare

(Senator Lindsey Graham wants the Senate to continue working on a bipartisan health care reform bill, but the public doesn't really see it that way. Nevertheless, the GOP Senate were like lemmings when they voted on the Republican health plan, with only 17 percent public favorability.)
Senator Lindsey Graham R-SC continues to talk health reform but he didn't support his colleague Senator John McCain in opposing the Affordable Care Act repeal

Reuters on Mon, Jul 31st: By Chris Kahn and Michael Erman

A majority of Americans are ready to move on from healthcare reform at this point after the U.S. Senate's effort to dismantle Obamacare failed on Friday, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

This wasteful Republican debacle about health care (seven years in the failing) can be easily fixed, almost like prestidigitation!  

What's needed is a vote to expand Medicare eligibility to include more people under the age of 65, perhaps as young at 50-55 or even anybody who qualifies by paying 40 quarters into the shared benefit premiums. Medicare law is already in place and only needs adapting to create an expanded health insurance program that will allow for Americans who qualify to buy affordable and quality health care.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A majority of Americans are ready to move on from healthcare reform at this point after the U.S. Senate’s effort to dismantle Obamacare failed on Friday, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

Nearly two-thirds of the country wants to either keep or modify the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and a majority of Americans want Congress to turn its attention to other priorities, the survey found.

Republicans have vowed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act since Democratic President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2010, and it appeared they finally had their chance when Republican President Donald Trump took office in January. But the law, which helped 20 million people obtain health insurance, has steadily grown more popular.

The July 28-29 poll of more than 1,130 Americans, conducted after the Republican-led effort collapsed in the Senate, found that 64 percent said they wanted to keep Obamacare, either “entirely as is” or after fixing “problem areas.” That is up from 54 percent in January.

The survey found that support for the law still runs along party lines, with nine out of 10 Democrats and just three out of 10 Republicans saying they wanted to keep or modify Obamacare.

Among Republicans, three-fourths said they would like their party’s leaders to try to repeal and replace Obamacare at some point, though most listed other issues that they would give a higher priority right now.

Disappointment among Republicans and happiness among Democrats about the repeal’s failure were palpable. Two-thirds of Republicans felt “bad” that the Senate failed to pass a healthcare bill, while three-fourths of Democrats felt “good,” according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll.

When asked what they think Congress should do next, most Americans picked other priorities such as tax reform, foreign relations and infrastructure. Only 29 percent said they wanted Republicans in Congress to “continue working on a new healthcare bill.”

Gene Anderson, 81, a Trump voter living in a retirement community in Zionsville, Indiana, said the president should “refocus on some stability in his administration and some demonstration of being able to work together with Democrats in Congress.” - ahhhh.....ya'think 

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