Poll: Majority says they will hold Trump accountable for ObamaCare failings

Poll: Majority says they will hold Trump accountable for ObamaCare failings
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A majority of the public says they hold the Trump administration and Congress accountable for any problems with ObamaCare because they have made changes to the law, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll found that a majority of those surveyed — 58 percent — said they hold the administration and Republican members of Congress responsible for any problems with the ACA moving forward, since they have made a number of changes to the law. 

According to the survey, most of the public also say they think President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE and his administration are trying to make the Affordable Care Act fail. 

Fifty-six percent of respondents believe the administration is trying to make the law fail, while 32 percent say they think it's trying to make it work. 


Of those who say the administration is trying to make the law fail, 47 percent say that it’s a "bad thing" while 7 percent say it is a "good thing." 

The administration has taken several recent actions that Democrats point to as attempts to sabotage the health-care law, including cutting funding for open enrollment advertising and outreach and expanding access to insurance plans outside of the ObamaCare marketplace.

The responses to the Kaiser poll fell largely along party lines, with 80 percent of Democrats surveyed saying they think the administration is trying to make the law fail and 60 percent of Republicans saying they think Trump is trying to make ObamaCare work. 

Only 27 percent say President Obama and congressional Democrats are responsible for any problems because they passed the law.

Seventy-eight percent of Democrats say Trump and Republicans are responsible for any problems going forward, while 46 percent of Republicans say Obama and Democrats are responsible. 

Generally, 48 percent of the public say they have a favorable view of ObamaCare, and 40 percent say they have an unfavorable view.

The Kaiser Health tracking poll was conducted July 17-22 and surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,200 adults via telephone. The margin of sampling error is 3 percentage points.