President Donald Trump threatened lawmakers on Tuesday, warning them that they could lose reelection if they refused to vote for the bill repealing Obamacare, but a new poll shows the new legislation isn't as popular as the law it's replacing.
The American Health Care Act, dubbed the AHCA or Trumpcare by many, is less popular than the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, according to a new survey.
An AOL News poll finds 57 percent said they prefer the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Meanwhile, only 30 percent of respondents said they prefer the AHCA. Another 13 percent of respondents said they weren't sure which legislation they preferred.
American Health Care Act
One of Trump's key campaign promises was the repealing and replacing of Obamacare. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives developed a new health care plan and unveiled it on March 6 to the nation.
The proposed bill was met with immediate backlash from both Democrats and Republicans. One of the most contentious points of the GOP plan includes the repealing of Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid for the poor.
Just one day after the GOP unveiling, members of the Tea Party called on Trump to veto the bill.
GOP just lost Tea Party on their Obamacare replacement bill, too pic.twitter.com/xHJGO2w3R9
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) March 7, 2017
Sen. Mike Lee (R-U.T.) called the bill a "missed opportunity and a step in the wrong direction" and a group of Republican senators released a joint statement that voiced their concerns over its lack of protection for those who receive a majority of their health care through Medicaid.
Republican reactions to the American Health Care Act
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report found that millions stand to lose their insurance under the new system, with 14 million more people projected to be uninsured by 2018 than under the current law. By 2026, the number of uninsured Americans is expected to increase to 24 million under the new legislation.
"At the end of the day we should pause and try to improve the product in the light of the CBO analysis rather than just rejecting it," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said of the report.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell focused on the bill's ultimate benefits, saying that the bill "will ultimately lower premiums and increase access to care."
Earlier this week, House Republicans announced they are working to amend certain parts of the AHCA. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the adjustments would include more tax credits for older Americans and adding a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor.
Republicans remain divided on the health care legislation, but Ryan said he felt "very good" about the bill's chances in the House.
** Polls conducted by AOL.com do not use scientific sampling. Surveys sample thousands of users and consistently reflect results to polls administered by other outlets.