John Boehner: GOP Won't Repeal Obamacare, Yet Make It Conservative

Posted February 27, 2017

A draft of House Republicans' Affordable Care Act replacement leaked to Politico on Friday, the details of which suggest that, if passed, will reduce the number of people with health care coverage in the United States.

Forty-eight percent of the people surveyed had a favorable view of the ACA, while 42 percent viewed it unfavorably, the poll shows. "As is always the case, people are nervous about changes to the status quo". "But for that to happen, Donald Trump has to take a very strong lead and twist enough arms and give enough spines and steel they need to get us to 218 votes we need in the House of Representatives and the 51 votes we need in the Senate to pass the Obamacare repeal".

The fear of losing Obamacare is manifesting at town hall meetings across the country where Republicans have faced angry voters. "Access to basic women's health care shouldn't get caught up in congressional Republicans' extreme agenda".

Levitt says those credits are less generous than the subsidies offered under Obamacare. It will be interesting to see which is true, however, according to Bloomberg's Zach Tracer, older people may be the ones at the most risk to lose their coverage or pay more for it without Obamacare's help. "It's a matter of life or death for some". Some 47% said lawmakers should dismantle it, while 48% say it should not.

At the end of the transition to a replacement program, however, they would receive the smaller portion than they get from traditional Medicaid, the summary said.

Eighty-four percent of respondents in a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll said it was important that federal support for the expansion remain in place.

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Researchers from the PEW Research Center conducted the survey from February 7 to 12.

The lowest favorability level of 33% was reported in October 2013, when the massive technical failures of the site were at their height.

The shift is nearly entirely due to a boost of support from independents. Eighty-nine percent of Republicans oppose the bill in its current form, while 85 percent of Democrats support it, the study finds. The poll interviewed 1160 adults from February 13-19, 2017.

Boehner also hinted that the GOP is fragmented over what the right health care policy is for the US. Instead, it would grant age-based tax credits. The leaders haven't yet produced the legislation being called "repeal plus", though they've revealed a broad outline.

"I shouldn't have called it repeal and replace because that's not what's going to happen, it's basically like going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it", Boehner told a conference hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in Orlando, Florida. She declined to elaborate on whether their coverage is through the ACA marketplace or the Medicaid expansion but said previous coverage for her son, starting when he was diagnosed at 5 years old, cost $500 a month.

"We're going to talk about really returning power to the states", he said. "Because we did not expand Medicaid and so it's going to be a real priority for me to make sure that we have a good solution so that the states that didn't expand Medicaid aren't in a position where we're hurt by that".