The health-Care overhaul is now officially underway.
The Republicans in the House and Senate are working to pass it before Christmas, but a new poll shows they are divided about how they want it to work.
And while the GOP has a number of potential candidates vying to succeed them in the Senate, the poll suggests the party’s leadership is divided as well.
The Morning Consult poll finds that 46 percent of Republican voters want it repealed and replaced with a more progressive health-insurance system, while 45 percent want it preserved as it is.
And when asked whether the party should be looking at replacing the ACA, just 18 percent of Republicans said they think it should, while 54 percent said it should not.
The poll also found that 50 percent of voters are unhappy with the way the ACA is being implemented, with just 12 percent saying they are very or somewhat satisfied.
In the House, 46 percent said the party shouldn’t repeal the ACA.
In that same poll, 35 percent said that the party ought to.
Only 15 percent said they weren’t sure.
The survey also found 54 percent of respondents want Congress to hold hearings to determine what parts of the ACA should be repealed and what parts should remain.
This is a significant change from last month, when 53 percent said Republicans should not repeal the entire ACA, while just 15 percent were very or very satisfied with the decision.
And even though the survey finds a slight majority of Republicans believe that the law should be replaced, that doesn’t mean that they think the GOP should be running the House again.
Just 29 percent said this year, while 51 percent said so in 2017.
And that was before the GOP launched its healthcare reform campaign, when it was trying to appeal to voters in areas where they didn’t win last time around.
As such, the polling suggests that a potential replacement plan may not be popular in areas with large Republican constituencies, including the Rust Belt, rural areas and small towns.
And, despite the fact that the Republican Party appears to be moving to a more conservative policy posture on healthcare, there are still some areas where the party is lagging.
Only about one-third of voters say they think their state’s health care system is good enough, while 44 percent say it is not.
This year, the survey also showed that only 36 percent of people in rural areas think the health care plan is working, compared to 66 percent in urban areas.