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Poll: More than 6 in 10 oppose ObamaCare repeal


More than two-thirds of registered voters do not want a complete repeal of ObamaCare, according to a new poll.

Sixty-five percent hope at least part of the Affordable Care Act’s current form remains intact in a McClatchy/Marist survey released Monday.

Twenty percent say lawmakers should let the healthcare law stand as is, while 38 percent want any changes to enable it to do more and 7 percent hope alterations make it capable of less.

{mosads}Thirty-one percent want a complete repeal of former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment, and 4 percent remain uncertain.

Pollsters also found that ObamaCare’s provision preventing insurance companies from denying coverage to those with preexisting coverage remains popular.

Seventy-one percent want the provision enshrined in law, while 27 percent hope it is scrapped and 4 percent are unsure.

Seventy-eight percent back a rule letting children stay on their parents’ healthcare plans until age 26, while 19 percent oppose that rule and 3 percent are not sure.

Monday’s results showed that 71 percent want federal subsidies helping lower income people pay for health insurance to remain in place. 

Twenty-four percent believe the entitlement should be repealed instead, and 5 percent remain uncertain.

Forty-five percent think a mandate requiring Americans to purchase health insurance should remain in place, while 50 percent want it eliminated and 5 percent are unsure.

President Trump has vowed repealing and replacing ObamaCare is an early priority of his administration and the GOP-led Congress.

The president earlier Monday voiced surprise over how slowly Republicans are uniting around a strategy for that goal.

“Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated,” he said after meeting with conservative governors at the White House. “I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject.”

Two governors who attended the meeting said Trump told participants his administration will issue its own ObamaCare replacement in a few weeks.

Congressional Republicans have not yet settled on one plan of their own due to a range of healthcare reform issues that may prove thorny with their constituents.

McClatchy-Marist conducted its latest survey of 865 registered voters via cell and landline telephone interviews from Feb. 15-19. It has a 3.3 percent margin of error.

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