Poll: Majority view Republican bill to repeal, replace Obamacare unfavorably


The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare may have passed through the U.S. House of Representatives, but many are still unhappy with the controversial legislation.

A new poll conducted by AOL News found that a majority of people surveyed view the Obamacare repeal unfavorably.

Of those polled, 60 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican health care bill, while 31 percent of respondents said they had a favorable opinion. Nine percent said they were unsure.

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The legislation to dismantle Obamacare, dubbed the American Health Care Act or Trumpcare, was narrowly passed by the House last Thursday by a 217-213 margin.

The moment was a major victory for President Donald Trump's administration. The bill will destroy former President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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Republicans used the congressional reconciliation process -- which only requires a simple majority of 216 votes to pass a bill. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it needs 51 votes to clear the Capitol Hill chamber, and the president voiced his confidence in the Senate passing the bill.

"It's going to be an unbelievable victory when we get it through the Senate, and there's so much spirit there," Trump said last week.

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Republicans and Democrats alike voiced concerns over certain changes in the replacement legislation -- including coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Following the House victory, GOP senators warned it may not be that simple in the Senate. Republicans can't afford to lose more than two votes with a 52-48 majority in that chamber, and GOP senators have set the stage for a significant rewrite of the legislation.

Senator Dean Heller of Nevada said he thinks "the current bill falls short" and raised concerned about the future of Medicaid in his state.

"We cannot pull the rug out from under states like Nevada that expanded Medicaid and we need assurances that people with pre-existing conditions will be protected," Heller said in a statement.

Republican Senators Rob Portman and Lamar Alexander have also said that the bill will need to change in the Senate.

If the Senate passes a different version of the bill, both houses will be forced to reconcile the bill.

(Reuters contributed to this report)

** 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.