Most Americans want U.S. to keep funding expanded Medicaid -poll

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By Yasmeen Abutaleb | WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON A majority of Americans say it is
important to keep federal funding for an expansion of the
Medicaid program for the poor under Obamacare, even as
Republicans work on repealing and replacing former President
Barack Obama’s healthcare law, according to a poll released on
Friday.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid in more than
30 states with the help of increased federal funding, extending
health insurance to millions of Americans.

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.

The Republican-led Congress and the administration of
President Donald Trump have said repealing and replacing the law
– under which more than 20 million previously uninsured
Americans received health insurance, many through the Medicaid
expansion – is a top priority. They have vowed to unveil
legislation to begin doing so next month.

Republicans have long opposed Obamacare on grounds it was
government overreach and that it simply led to higher insurance
premiums for many Americans.

Early Republican proposals have included capping the amount
of money states receive for Medicaid programs.

But the Kaiser poll found that the Medicaid expansion has
broad bipartisan support. Ninety-five percent of Democrats, 84
percent of independents and 69 percent of Republicans said it
was “very” or “somewhat” important to continue to provide
federal funding for the expansion.

In the 16 states with a Republican governor that expanded
Medicaid, 87 percent of residents said it was important that
federal funding for the expansion be maintained.

The Kaiser poll also found that 48 percent of Americans view
the healthcare law favorably while 42 percent view it
unfavorably, the highest level of support tracked by Kaiser
since 2010.

A poll released on Thursday from the Pew Research Center
also found that support for Obamacare had reached a new high,
with 54 percent saying they approved of the law.



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