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Washington: All the 17 Republican presidential candidates, including Louisiana’s Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal, want to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, but there is little said about what would come in its place.

An intra-party feud broke out Tuesday over the Affordable Care Act with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker unveiling a plan to replace “Obamacare” and Jindal immediately attacking it on the campaign trail.

Bobby_Jindal_CPAC_2013_BWalker’s plan “makes the mistake President Obama did of creating a new entitlement programme at a time when we can’t afford the entitlement programmes we’ve got today,” Jindal told a lunch crowd in Le Mars in Iowa, The Advocate newspaper reported.

“I don’t think that Republicans should be offering Obamacare-lite plans,” Jindal told reporters in Le Mars. “It continues this idea of government dependence.”

“For several months now, I’ve been the only candidate to offer a detailed plan,” said Jindal continuing the tirade at a forum in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Tuesday night. “It’s one thing to give a speech, but it’s another to give details.”

Walker’s plan calls for the creation of a refundable tax credit for individuals who do not have employer-based coverage.

That’s what Jindal has pointed to as an “entitlement” in the plan, though he previously has expressed support for some refundable tax credits for health care, the Advocate noted.

Jindal later challenged Walker to a debate over health care in Iowa, via Twitter and an email blast from his campaign.

“Walker’s plan is getting rave reviews from the conservative movement for being a thoughtful, substantive and viable plan to repeal and replace Obamacare and make health care affordable and accessible for Americans,” Walker’s campaign said in an email to The Advocate

“The refundable health care tax credits the governor includes have been supported by many conservatives because they put health care decision-making in the hands of the American people where it belongs.”

Since 2010, Republicans have pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Republican controlled House “has voted 56 times to repeal or undermine the law, but zero times on a plan to replace it,” the Washington Post pointed out on Tuesday.

All the 17 Republicans candidates too have promised to repeal the law, “but most of them have said relatively little about what they’d put in its place,” the influential newspaper noted.

Front-runner Donald Trump, for instance, has said that his replacement would be “something terrific” and that it would involve making an unspecified deal with hospitals to treat the poor and uninsured.

“We are going to have to work out some kind of a very, very smart deal with hospitals,” he told CNN when asked how.

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56 Percent Disapprove of Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare: Poll

One out of every seven Americans -- 14 per cent -- believes they will lose their health insurance under the Republicans' replacement plan

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Washington, March 24, 2017: A majority of American voters, 56 percent, disapprove of the Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, according to a poll.

Only 17 percent of voters approve of the plan and 26 percent remain undecided, the Quinnipiac University poll revealed on Thursday.

The question — “There is a Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, known as the American Health Care Act. Do you approve or disapprove of this Republican health care plan?” — did not go into specifics of the plan.

“Replacing Obamacare will come with a price for elected representatives who vote to scrap it, say many Americans, who clearly feel their health is in peril under the Republican alternative,” CNN quoted Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll, as saying.

Most voters, 61 percent, also disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling health care.

The President and Republican leaders are scrambling for a deal on landmark legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. Republicans cannot lose more than 21 members of their party and still pass the bill, since no Democrats are expected to support it.

One out of every seven Americans — 14 per cent — believes they will lose their health insurance under the Republicans’ replacement plan.

The plan itself does not enjoy majority support among Republicans, with only 41 per cent backing the bill, reports CNN.

Most men, 56 per cent, disapprove of the plan as do most women, also 56 per cent.

While more than half of white voters disapprove of the plan, even more non-white voters — 64 per cent — disapprove.

Overall, 58 per cent of independent voters disapprove of the replacement plan.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,056 voters nationwide from March 16 to 21.