2018 MIDTERM ELECTION

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New Poll re. Trumpcare: Nobody likes you, everybody hates you, go eat some worms.

Headline pretty much says it all:

May 11, 2017 - 21% Of U.S. Voters Approve Of Revised GOP Health Plan, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Reject Trump Tax Plan Almost 2-1

Only 21 percent of American voters approve of the Republican health care plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, a slight improvement over the 17 percent who approved of the first health care plan in March, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Overall, the current health plan goes down 56 - 21 percent.

Apparently throwing $8 billion (over 5 years) to the junk pile gave it a 4 point increase. I wonder what would happen if they restored the $840 billion (over 10 year) that the bill takes away from Medicaid?

Except for an anemic 48 - 16 percent support among Republicans, every listed party, gender, educational, age and racial group opposes the plan, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Under the new plan, their health insurance costs will go up, 42 percent of voters say, while 11 percent say they will go down and 37 percent say insurance costs will stay the same.

American voters approve 64 - 32 percent of the current law which prevents health insurance companies from raising premiums on people with pre-existing conditions.

64% approval for the ACA?? And keep in mind, that's with several high-profile exchange withdrawl announcements having been in the news of late (Humana (several states), Wellmark (IA), Aetna (VA/IA)...the poll was conducted prior to yesterday's Aetna DE/NE announcement, however).

What this suggests is that Trump's openly (and repeatedly) stated "Let Obamacare fail! Blow it up! Let it explode! The Dems will take the blame for it!" strategy doesn't seem to be working very well. People either aren't paying attention to the 2018 withdrawl announcements and/or large rate hikes yet or they're aware of them but are pinning the blame for most of both on Trump and/or the rest of the Republican Party.

That may change, of course, as further rate changes and carrier participation announcements dribble out over the summer & into the fall, but for the moment, he seems to be taking the heat for it. The GOP wanted total control, they got it...which means they also now have total responsibility. Heavy is the head that wears the crown and all that.

Voters say 75 - 21 percent, including 59 - 34 percent among Republicans, that it's a "bad idea" to give states the ability to allow health insurance companies to raise rates on people with pre-existing conditions.

I know there are plenty of arguments to be had about whether or not it's reasonable to charge sicker people more specifically due to their medical condition...but that ship appears to have sailed. The question now is how to adjust for that reality.

A total of 96 percent of voters say it's "very important" or "somewhat important" that health insurance be affordable for all Americans.

Who the heck are the other 4%? Again, you can argue/debate how to make it affordable, but saying "health insurance should be affordable for everyone" shouldn't be a controversial statement. I suppose "unless they're rapist/murderer" or whatever might be a reasonable caveat.

American voters disapprove 66 - 28 percent of the way President Donald Trump is handling health care.

In non-healthcare results, Quinnipiac finds...

American voters disapprove 54 - 34 percent of the way President Trump is handling taxes and disapprove 52 - 30 percent of his tax plan.

Disapproval of Trump's tax plan rises to 74 - 18 percent, including 66 - 27 percent among Republicans, if the plan "significantly increased the national deficit."