American voters prefer Obamacare over the House GOP plan to repeal it, according to a new poll released on Wednesday.
When voters were given a choice between the Affordable Care Act and the American Health Care Act — the GOP plan — some 49 percent said that they prefer the ACA (Obamacare), according to a survey performed by Public Policy Polling, which is a left leaning group.
The GOP plan — the AHCA — received just 29 percent support among voters, with 22 percent of those surveyed saying that they were not sure which they would prefer.
Voters overwhelmingly opposed the repealing of the Affordable Care Act with 63 percent saying that Congress should keep some portions of it and 32 percent being in favor of an outright repeal.
Looking at people’s opinion of Obamacare, 47 percent said that they supported it, while 39 percent were against it.
Posing the same question about the House Republican plan, respondents had almost exactly the opposite response with 34 percent supporting it, while 49 percent opposed it.
“There’s virtually no support for the Republican healthcare plan,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling said on Wednesday.
“Voters have been getting warmer and warmer toward the Affordable Care Act and would much rather keep it than switch to the new proposal on the table.”
The poll even tested the controversial statement made by House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz who made headlines last week when he said that Americans would have to choose to not get iPhones and instead pay for their health insurance. The survey should give Rep. Chaffetz some comfort as only 5% of respondents said that they would prefer a phone over having healthcare.
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday said that the House GOP’s Obamacare repeal was written with President Trump’s input. However, opposition to the proposed plan continues to mount with more Republican House members and Senators speaking out against it.
In perhaps an ominous sign for the bill, President Trump made no reference to it in his first public speech since his his controversial tweets more than ten days ago accusing former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower. Instead, he focused solely on auto industry jobs in a speech in Michigan.
The latest poll by PPP was conducted using 808 registered voters using a landline and online surveys from March 10 through 12.