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 GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTax bill could fuel push for Medicare, Social Security cuts Collins to vote for GOP tax plan Overnight Tech: Lawmakers want answers on Uber breach | Justices divided in patent case | Tech makes plea for net neutrality on Cyber Monday 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.

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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.