Poll: Large majority want Trump to make ObamaCare work

Poll: Large majority want Trump to make ObamaCare work
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A large majority of the public — 71 percent — want President Trump to try and make ObamaCare work rather than make it fail, according to a new poll released Friday.

Kaiser Health Tracking poll found that 21 percent of Americans surveyed want Trump and his administration to do what they can to make the law fail so that it can be replaced later.

Meanwhile, 93 percent of Democrats and 74 percent of independents say the administration should do what it can to make the health care law work. 

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About half of Republicans say the same, while 43 percent say Trump should make the law fail. 

Two-thirds of those polled said it is more important for Trump and Congress to work on legislation to stabilize ObamaCare's marketplaces than continue with efforts to repeal and replace the law. 

And 30 percent say it is more important for the administration and Congress to press forward with repeal and replace efforts than to stabilize the markets. 

The Trump administration announced Thursday evening it would end ObamaCare's insurer subsidies, which critics have said is an effort to "sabotage" the health care law.

The poll found that 60 percent favor Congress guaranteeing those payments while 33 percent say they are a bailout and should be stopped.

Among Democrats, 82 percent said Congress should continue the payments, while 55 percent of Republicans say they should stop.

But the poll found Republicans would favor the payments if they were paired with an effort to give states more flexibility in the types of plans sold in the state's marketplace.

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Health Committee have been working on a deal to fund the subsidies through at least 2018 while giving states more flexibility on ObamaCare's regulations.

Bipartisan work for a compromise was supported by 69 percent of the Democrats polled, 70 percent of independents and 68 percent of Republicans.

But 69 percent of those surveyed were skeptical of the effort, saying they are "not too confident" or "not at all" confident that Trump and Congress will be able to work together to improve the marketplaces.