Polls have not been good for the bill. In an NPR June 28th poll, only 17 percent of the public approved of the bill. Only 35 percent of Republicans support the bill.
- NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll – 17% approve, 55% disapprove (June 28, 2017)
- Wall Street Journal/NBC – 16% good idea (June 20, 2017)
- Quinnipiac poll – 16% approve (June 27, 2017)
- USA Today/Suffolk University poll – 12% approve (June 28, 2017)
|Sen. Mitch McConnell|
Unfortunately, to pass a bill, the Republicans need 50 Senate votes from many senators who do not want a controversial bill to run on in 2018 or 2020, which will likely affect voters’ health and pocketbooks. A small group of super conservative senators want less entitlement and more reform in the bill. Interests groups, especially health industry, patient advocates and governors, have mobilized and are pressuring senators for more entitlement spending.
It made for a tough 4th of July break and possibly no repeal and replace in the near future.