A new poll by the Republican-leaning American Action Forum shows that the GOP may not have a chance of passing a single piece of legislation to replace Obamacare this year.
The survey, conducted by the pollster in collaboration with the left-leaning Public Policy Polling, shows that just 25 percent of voters would be willing to support legislation to overhaul the health care law, compared to 59 percent who would oppose it.
Only 14 percent said they would be able to support the GOP plan, while 38 percent said the legislation should be pulled back.
And while the survey found that 40 percent of Americans think the health law has become more expensive, only 11 percent of Republicans would support a law that would raise taxes on those making less than $50,000 a year and would reduce the number of people covered under the law by 50 million people.
That includes nearly two-thirds of independents, who would support the legislation, and nearly six-in-ten independents who are independents or lean Democratic.
Republicans have made sweeping changes to the law, including eliminating some of the tax deductions for low- and middle-income Americans, cutting subsidies for many consumers, and shifting some federal money away from insurers and into higher-deductible plans for lower-income families.
They also voted to repeal the mandate requiring insurers to provide coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, and they have been trying to make it easier for people to opt out of the health insurance mandate by passing legislation that would let insurers charge those with preexisting conditions more.
A majority of Americans support the president’s executive order requiring health insurance companies to offer more affordable coverage, the poll shows.
But it shows that nearly three-quarters oppose the GOP’s plan to make insurance more expensive by raising taxes on people making more than $250,000 and cutting subsidies by $5,500 for people making less.
Despite the GOP bill being viewed as a good step forward, Americans still strongly oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act, according to the poll.
But the survey also shows that Americans are skeptical of the GOPs plan to overhaul health care.
“People aren’t sure that this is something that is going be the right solution for the country,” the poll respondent, a Democrat, said.
“We have to be realistic.”
Republicans have tried to portray themselves as the party of Americans and want to make health care more affordable for people, but that may not be the case.
Many Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have expressed concern about the cost of the plan to repeal Obamacare, arguing that the ACA is still one of the strongest achievements of President Donald Trump’s first year in office.
Trump’s own administration, including Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and Vice President Mike Pence, have also expressed concern over the cost.
Democrats have criticized the GOP plans, saying they would put millions of Americans out of work and cause premiums to skyrocket.