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Monday, 17 July 2017 14:36

Republicans' Catch-22 on health care

Written by  Amber Phillips

Ever notice that as Republicans try to unwind Obamacare, they keep prefacing their arguments with why Obamacare is so bad? In the case of President Trump, he often talks more about how bad Obamacare is than how good its replacement will be:

“Republican senators are working very hard to get something that’s going to be really, really good, the opposite of the big lie that was Obamacare,” Trump said in his weekly address Friday.

Well, there's a reason for that. Polling suggests that framing Republicans health-care bill as the only alternative to Obamacare is about the only way to make it tenable to their base.

Notice I said “to their base.” That's another huge problem for Republicans as they struggle to pass health-care legislation: It's not popular, even when compared with Obamacare.

A new Washington Post-ABC News polling shows that by a 2-to-1 margin, Americans prefer Obamacare than Republicans plan:

Same with independents:

But when you frame this either-or question to Republicans, you get the total opposite response:

Less than 60 percent of Republican voters preferring their own party's plan to Obamacare might seem low, given Republicans have spent the past seven years campaigning on — and arguably winning on — repealing Obamacare.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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