Public opposes Trump’s hardball negotiation tactics on healthcare

Sixty percent of the public is opposed to President Trump’s hardball negotiation tactics being used in the healthcare debate, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The poll comes after Trump recently suggested that his administration could pressure Democrats to negotiate on Obamacare by stopping cost-sharing reduction subsidies, which reduce out-of-pocket medical costs for low-income customers. Without the subsidies, insurers would look to raise premiums or leave the Obamacare exchanges, both of which would cause people to lose coverage. According to another analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, spending from the federal government also would increase.

While most respondents said they didn’t want Trump to use tactics that could disrupt insurance markets and cause people to lose health coverage, opinion on the matter varied across political parties.

Eighty-two percent of Democrats and 66 percent of independents oppose hardball tactics, while 66 percent of Republicans say Trump should use whatever negotiating tactic is necessary to win support for a replacement plan. Half of all respondents were not aware of the subsidies, and the poll questions explained their intent.

When asked how much control, if any, various groups have over whether the current healthcare law works or fails, 80 percent of the public says Republicans in Congress and 75 percent says Trump and his administration have at least some control. Fifty-six percent of the public said Democrats in Congress had “some” or “a lot” of control.

Though more of the public views Obamacare favorably than unfavorably, at 48 percent compared with 41 percent, most disagree with the idea of sticking with the status quo. The poll found that 51 percent of people say they want Trump and congressional Republicans to continue working to repeal and replace Obamacare, while 43 percent say they want them to move on to other priorities.

The survey relied on phone interviews from 1,171 adults across the country, from April 17 to 23.

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Public opposes Trump’s hardball negotiation tactics on healthcare

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