Americans' support for the Affordable Care Act is growing, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
About half of Republicans and supporters of President Trump say the Trump administration should do what they can to make the law work (52 percent and 51 percent, respectively) while about four in ten say they should do what they can to make the law fail (40 percent and 39 percent, respectively).
When asked whether it was good or bad that the Senate GOP had failed to repeal ObamaCare, answers were more direct. Insurers say such a move would force them to leave the health law marketplaces or raise premiums.
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Ominously for the GOP, 6 in 10 say Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for any upcoming health care problems since they control government.
On Wednesday, Trump lashed out at McConnell after the Kentucky Republican appeared to suggest in a speech Monday the president lacks the political experience to understand how Congress works.
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blamed President Trump's early timelines, saying, "Our new president has of course not been in this line of work before and I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process". But, he's still the Republican President and the ostensible leader - in terms of policy and politics - of McConnell's party.
With the Kaiser survey consistently showing clear overall public support for retaining Obama's law, the numbers help explain why some centrist Republicans who rely on moderate voters' support opposed repeal or backed it only after winning some concessions. Gallup's daily tracking of presidential approval ratings has Trump at 36%.
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The poll found that 52 percent have a positive view of Obama's law, a 9 percentage point increase since Trump was elected last November.
Going forward, most respondents said they wanted Trump and the Republicans to abandon their attempts to repeal ObamaCare and instead focus on shoring up the healthcare markets and stabilizing the law.
If the media and the establishment try to bring Trump down they are in for a rude awakening.
The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll was conducted August 1-6 and involved random calls to the cellphones and landlines of 1,211 adults.
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The survey was conducted between August 1 and 6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.