- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A plurality of Americans are generally opposed to Obamacare, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday that showed somewhat of a turnaround from January.

Forty-nine percent said they oppose the law, compared to 46 percent who said they generally favor it, according to the poll. In January, just before President Trump took office, 49 percent were in favor and 47 percent were opposed.

The survey was taken from March 1-4 — before Republicans rolled out their plan to repeal the law on Monday.

About six in 10 did say that parts of the law should only be repealed if replacements can be enacted at the same time. Twenty-three percent said repeal efforts should be abandoned entirely, and 17 percent favored repealing the law regardless of whether a replacement is ready.

Fifty percent said they oppose removing the law’s individual mandate requiring most people obtain health care coverage or pay a penalty, while 48 percent said they favor scrapping the mandate. The Republican plan does away with the mandate.

Eighty-seven percent said they favor maintaining protections offered to people with pre-existing conditions, which the GOP plan does.

Fifty percent said they oppose providing tax credits based on age rather than income for people buying insurance on the open market, compared to 46 percent who favor age-based credits. The GOP plan provides for age-based credits that get more generous as people get older, but also phases out assistance for wealthier individuals.

Sixty-one percent are opposed to curbing federal funding for Medicaid, including the elimination of Obamacare funding that expanded the program.

The Republican plan would replace Medicaid with a fixed amount of money based on how many people are enrolled state-by-state, but would also allow those states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare to keep the expansion through 2020.

The survey of 1,025 adults had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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