Poll: 84 percent want to keep ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion

Poll: 84 percent want to keep ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion
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The vast majority of Americans support keeping ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion, according to a new poll released Friday. 

The Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll showed that 84 percent of those surveyed say it is either "very" or "somewhat" important for ObamaCare's replacement to include funding for the Medicaid expansion. 

That includes 95 percent of Democrats, 84 percent of independents and 69 percent of Republicans. 

Meanwhile, of the 16 expansion states that have Republican governors, 87 percent of residents say it is important to keep the expansion. The numbers are similar for expansion states with Democratic or independent governors (85 percent.) 

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And 80 percent of residents in states that did not expand Medicaid still say the expansion should be included in the replacement plan. 

Republicans in Congress are divided on what to do with ObamaCare's expansion of Medicaid, namely senators from expansion states who say losing the funding would result in their constituents being kicked off the program. 

But House GOP leadership wants to repeal the expansion "in its current form." 

New details of a replacement released by Republican leadership last week say that states could choose to keep Medicaid open for newly eligible people, but they would no longer receive extra federal funding to cover the cost.

Instead, states would be reimbursed at the traditional, lower rates. That means states would have to put more money into the program if they wanted to keep the expansion. 

That same plan also calls for a "per-capita cap" for Medicaid, which means the traditional, open-ended federal commitment would be converted into a capped payment to states.

The amount would take into account the number of people in the program, in contrast to a simple block grant. 

The tracking poll shows any structural changes to Medicaid are widely disliked by the public. 

66 percent said they prefer the "status quo" compared to 31 percent who said they favor the per-capita cap. Similarly, more favor the status quo (63 percent) over a shift to Medicaid block grants (32 percent.) 

The tracking poll also showed the ObamaCare is more popular than it has been since 2010, when the foundation began the tracking poll. 

48 percent view the law favorably, while 42 percent view it unfavorably. 

And 47 percent say the law should be repealed while 48 percent said it should stay.