Voter approval of AHCA increases slightly, Quinnipiac poll finds

Just 21 percent of American voters approve of the GOP healthcare plan — but this is up 4 percentage points over the plan's 17 percent approval rating in March, according to the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Fifty-six percent of the voters surveyed disapprove of the American Health Care Act, while 22 percent are unsure. It appears much of the disapproval stems from uncertainty about increasing costs under the proposed plan and opposition to the state waivers that allow payers to charge people with preexisting conditions more for their health plans.

Under the AHCA, a good portion of voters (42 percent) believe their health insurance costs would go up, while 11 percent believe they would go down and 37 percent expect them to stay the same, according to the poll. An even greater portion of respondents (75 percent) felt it was a "bad idea" to allow states to file for waivers that would allow payers to charge people with preexisting conditions more for the same health plans. The majority of Republicans (59 percent versus 34 percent) also felt this was a bad idea.  

"The second attempt wins the support of 21 percent of voters," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in the press release. "The grim diagnosis from voters: Healthcare will cost more and deliver less."

Overall, 96 percent of voters say they just want healthcare to be affordable for all, according to the poll.


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