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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.

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Future of Obamacare at Stake as U.S. Federal Appeals Court Weighs its Constitutionality

Obamacare is the popular name given to the 2010 Affordable Care Act

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FILE - A Tea Party member reaches for a pamphlet titled "The Impact of Obamacare," at a "Food for Free Minds Tea Party Rally" in Littleton, New Hampshire, Oct. 27, 2012. VOA

The future of Obamacare is at stake as a U.S. federal appeals court considers whether to uphold a judge’s ruling that the entire health care reform law is unconstitutional.

Obamacare is the popular name given to the 2010 Affordable Care Act — former President Barack Obama’s crowning legislative achievement that guarantees health care for all Americans regardless of pre-existing conditions.

The three-judge 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will consider whether a Texas judge was right when he declared the entire ACA unconstitutional when Congress threw out the law’s mandate that anyone who qualifies for Obamacare and refuses to buy into the plan pay a tax to help offset the cost.

A coalition of 18 Democratic state attorneys general appealed the judge’s ruling.

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The future of Obamacare is at stake as a U.S. federal appeals court considers whether to uphold a judge’s ruling. Pixabay

An appeals court ruling upholding the judge’s decision means Obamacare could wind up again before the Supreme Court, which had already upheld most of the law in 2012.

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Obamacare opponents argue the government should not interfere in the health insurance business while supporters say Obamacare guarantees millions of Americans who cannot afford private insurance can get treatment. (VOA)