GOP senators return home to harsh local headlines on healthcare

One reporter documents how local newspapers throughout the country are covering Trumpcare's disastrous effects

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published July 3, 2017 3:48PM (EDT)

Paul Ryan; Mitch McConnell   (Getty/Alex Wong/Joshua Roberts/Photo montage by Salon)
Paul Ryan; Mitch McConnell (Getty/Alex Wong/Joshua Roberts/Photo montage by Salon)

The Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is incredibly unpopular throughout the nation.

A survey by USA Today/Suffolk University found that only 12 percent of Americans support the current bill, according to a report by USA Today. Fifty-three percent feel that Congress should either allow the Affordable Care Act (colloquially known as Obamacare) to remain in its current form or to revise it to fix its problems while avoiding an outright repeal. That said, 80 percent of Republicans support repealing the Affordable Care Act, with almost one out of three saying it should be taken off the books even if a replacement bill hasn't been set up for it. A survey by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist found that, when asked what they felt Congress should do about the Affordable Care Act, only 10 percent said they believed Obamacare should do less. Similarly, Tea Party voters and conservatives both said they wanted the government to spend more on health care, despite also supporting a repeal of Obamacare (suggesting they aren't familiar with what the health care bill actually does).

Such polling may help explain this tweetstorm from Politico writer Dan Diamond -- which needs to be seen to be believed.


An Urban Institute Report released last month also found that, within the fourteen states which expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and have at least one Republican senator, 6.3 million people would lose their health insurance under the current repeal-and-replace bill. Kentucky, which would experience the largest percentage cut in Medicaid spending, is the home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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