Poll: 24 percent support new ObamaCare repeal bill

Poll: 24 percent support new ObamaCare repeal bill
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A new poll finds that just 24 percent of voters support the Graham-Cassidy ObamaCare repeal bill.

The poll from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling finds that less than a quarter of respondents approve of the Senate GOP's latest repeal and replacement bill, while 50 percent disapprove.

The low approval comes as the Senate is heading toward a possible vote on the legislation next week, and backers are still trying to rally support.

The bill, named after Republican Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Health Care: Watchdog finds Tom Price improperly used funds on flights | Ex-Novartis CEO sent drug pricing proposal to Cohen | HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts: report Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave New push to break deadlock on paid family leave MORE (La.), aims to give more control over health care to states. It would convert ObamaCare's insurer subsidies and Medicaid expansion funds into block grants, so that states can design their own programs.

The poll was highlighted by several Democratic groups seeking to defend the Affordable Care Act.

In addition, 46 percent of voters said they would be less likely to vote for a member of Congress if he or she voted for Graham-Cassidy, while 23 percent would be more likely.

Seventy-seven percent said they agreed with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel that no one should be denied coverage because they cannot afford it.

The Senate is set to possibly vote next week even without a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the measure’s effect on premiums and the number of people covered. In the poll, 68 percent of voters said lawmakers should wait to get that analysis, and 21 percent said they should vote anyway.

This bill does appear to be polling at least somewhat higher than the earlier GOP ObamaCare repeal bill, which got just 12 percent approval in a USA Today/Suffolk University poll in June.

The latest survey came the same day as a study from the Brookings Institution that found that at least 21 million people would lose health-care coverage under the new plan by 2026.