Poll: Public supports major ObamaCare overhaul

Poll: Public supports major ObamaCare overhaul
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A majority of the public wants to see ObamaCare repealed in full or for the healthcare law to undergo a dramatic overhaul, according to a new survey funded by a conservative group.

The new poll, conducted by the GS Strategy Group on behalf of the conservative American Action Network, found that 54 percent of likely voters say they would like to see the president’s signature legislative achievement undergo full repeal or major changes.

Forty-three percent said the law should be left as it is or that it requires only minor changes.

Among those who support dismantling the law, 44 percent said it was because healthcare has become too expensive.

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Support for repeal spikes to 70 percent when voters are told that there would be a transition period that allows consumers to keep their current coverage while a new law is implemented.

That scenario is even supported by a plurality of Democrats in the poll, of 48 percent to 43 percent.

Congressional Republicans eager to repeal ObamaCare will be under pressure to keep some of the more popular aspects of the law, as 92 percent polled said they favor requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions and 79 percent favor allowing children to stay on their parents plan until the age of 26.

The poll also found widespread disagreement with Democrats attempt to brand GOP repeal efforts with the slogan “Make America Sick Again.” Fifty-nine percent said they disagree with that reading, versus only 32 percent who described it as accurate.

The GS Strategies survey of 1,000 likely voters nationwide was conducted between Jan. 3 and 5 and has a 3.1 percentage point margin of error. Its sample was 36.4 percent Democrats, 34.5 percent Republicans, and 24.2 percent independents.

A separate poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation released Jan. 6 found 47 percent of respondents opposing any repeal, while 20 percent backed an immediate repeal without a replacement plan in place and 28 percent saying Congress should repeal ObamaCare only after a replacement plan had been agreed on.