58% of Americans say Trump now responsible for outcome of ACA

If the ACA fails, the majority of Americans will hold the Trump administration responsible, according to a recent poll.

Fifty-eight percent of Americans said they feel the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are responsible for any future issues with the ACA because they have made changes to the law, according to a poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The poll was conducted July 17-22 among a random sample of 1,200 adults ages 18 and older living in the U.S. 

Most respondents — 56 percent — also felt the administration was trying to make the law fail, and of those with this view, most felt it was a bad thing. However, 32 percent said they felt the Trump administration has been trying to make the law work.

Meanwhile, CMS Administrator Seema Verma has a more fatalistic view of the issue. When asked if the administration wanted the ACA to fail at a July 25 appearance at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, she said despite changes that have been made, the law is not designed to succeed.

"[The ACA] was failing long before this administration came into office, and the reality is it's not going to get fixed and it's not going to get better until Congress addresses it," she said, later adding, "The program has some underlying structural flaws, and we can try to take action one way or another, but the bottom line is the program is not going to work."

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