Poll: Nearly one-third of Americans think Trump repealed ObamaCare

Poll: Nearly one-third of Americans think Trump repealed ObamaCare
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Nearly one-third of Americans believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military MORE has repealed ObamaCare, according to a new The Economist–YouGov poll.

Last week, Trump claimed the tax bill — which has since been signed into law — "essentially" repeals the Affordable Care Act. The Republican bill to overhaul the tax system eliminates the fine Americans pay for foregoing health insurance, known as the individual mandate.


“When the individual mandate is being repealed, that means ObamaCare is being repealed,” Trump said in a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “We have essentially repealed ObamaCare and we will come up with something much better.”

Despite Trump’s claim, however, the bill doesn’t fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, as other core parts of the law remain intact.

The poll asked survey respondents to answer questions on Trump’s campaign promises, including whether respondents believe Trump has repealed ObamaCare. About 31 percent of those surveyed answered yes, 49 percent said no and 21 percent said they weren’t sure.

More Republicans, 44 percent, believe Trump has repealed ObamaCare, compared to the 27 percent of Democrats and 27 percent of independents who believe he has eliminated President Obama’s signature health-care law.

Nearly 40 percent of Republicans surveyed believe Trump hasn’t repealed ObamaCare, compared to 60 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of independents.

Congressional Republicans tried for months to repeal ObamaCare earlier this year. The House passed a bill in May, but the effort ultimately failed in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellYou just can't keep good health policy down Trump threatens to veto omnibus over lack of wall funding, DACA fix Democrats desperate for a win hail spending bill MORE (R-Ky.) has signaled his chamber will move on to other agenda items next year, particularly highlighting the goal of working across the aisle to fix the nation’s aging infrastructure.

The Economist–YouGov poll surveyed 1,500 people from Dec. 24 to 26, including 1,236 registered voters. Its margin of error is 3 percentage points.