Americans Want to Keep Obamacare Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

Americans of all political stripes favor keeping the Affordable Care Act’s provisions prohibiting insurers from denying care or charging more to people with pre-existing medical conditions, according to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll.

About three-quarters of people surveyed by Kaiser said it’s “very important” that those provisions remain law. That includes 58 percent of Republicans — even as many of them continue to support a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Nearly 60 percent of Americans say they live in a household where someone has a pre-existing health problem.

The protections introduced by the Affordable Care Act may be at risk because the Trump administration has refused to defend them in court against a legal challenge brought by 20 Republican state attorneys general who argue that the law is unconstitutional.

The telephone poll of 1,492 U.S. adults was conducted June 11-20. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.



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