Poll: Support for AHCA Declines to 38 Percent After House Passes Bill

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Voters’ support for the American Health Care Act has declined after the House narrowly passed the bill last Thursday, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday, even though voters support individual provisions in the bill.

Last week, 42 percent supported the legislation, but that number has dropped to 38 percent, Politico reports. Meanwhile, 44 percent oppose the bill, including 29 percent who said they strongly opposed it.

Forty percent said they believed the bill would allow insurance companies to deny policies to those with pre-existing health conditions. Another 41 percent said the legislation would make the U.S. healthcare system “worse,” while 26 percent said it would be made “better.”

But many support individual provisions of the House bill. Sixty-eight percent support the bill’s provision to allow adults younger than 26 to stay on their parent’s health insurance.

Another 52 percent support eliminating the Obamacare penalty for not having insurance, but 63 percent oppose the provision imposing a 30 percent, year-long premium surcharge on those who let their coverage lapse for more than two months.

There is also support for limiting Medicaid enrollment after 2020, with 44 percent supporting the move and 28 percent opposing it. Forty-six percent support the bill’s proposal to increase the amount one can contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA).

But more voters said that they would be less inclined to vote for their representative if he or she voted for the bill: 37 percent said it would make them less likely to vote for their congressman, whereas 24 percent said it would make them more likely.

A greater number of voters said they trusted Republicans more than Democrats to handle health care, 45 percent to 36 percent.

Pollsters questioned 1,996 registered voters from May 4 to May 6. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

Read the complete list of questions here.

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