Trump retweets Fox headlines about 'fallout' for Republicans who cross him

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 12, 2017

That's the resounding word from a national poll released Friday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

As for the problems with the Affordable Care Act, the news for Republicans in the survey isn't good.

To push Democrats to work with Republicans on repeal and replace, President Trump has threatened to stop payments that compensate insurers for the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reductions, which reduce out-of-pocket costs for lower-income Americans buying insurance through ACA marketplaces. Health care is now the most potent issue driving the midterm election.

Most (60%) of the public say that President Trump and Republicans in Congress control the government and are responsible for any problems with the ACA going forward, twice the share (28%) who say President Obama and Democrats in Congress are responsible for such problems.

Of course, pollsters are quick to caution that the generic ballot could change before the election, that gerrymandering makes Democrats' obstacles steep, and that President Donald Trump might pull his approval numbers out of their current tailspin. "Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!" the president tweeted early Thursday morning. The Republican Party's slim majority in the Senate allows for no dissent, and it took just seven undocumented Democrats within the GOP ranks to scuttle the last attempt at full repeal. With a 52-48 GOP majority and Vice President Mike Pence available to cast a tie-breaking vote, McConnell has said he's moving onto other matters unless "people can show me 50 votes for anything that would make progress".

On Thursday, Trump's main mainstream media ally Fox News joined the president in lashing out at McConnell and congressional Republicans.

But in other instances, Republicans and Trump supporters part company with Democrats and independents and strongly back the president's views.

The poll found that 52 percent have a positive view of Obama's law, a 9 percentage point increase since Trump was elected last November.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of Americans said they want Republicans to work with Democrats to improve the law.

Kaiser contacted 1,211 adults for this survey from August 1 to 6 via landline and cellphone calls. The survey was conducted August 1-6, 2017, among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,211 adults ages 18 and older, living in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii (note: persons without a telephone could not be included in the random selection process).

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