Back on May 4, the U.S. House voted along partisan lines to approve a repeal/replacement of Obamacare.
And Idaho Politics Weekly’s pollster, Dan Jones & Associates, started conducting a statewide poll, asking if adults supported or opposed that U.S. House health care plan.
Jones found that 55 percent of Idahoans supported the GOP U.S. House health care plan, while 38 percent opposed it, and 8 percent didn’t know.
Here’s an explanation of what the plan would do nationwide.
While Republican President Donald Trump celebrated that U.S. House victory in the Rose Garden with many GOP House members, he later said it was “mean,” and hoped the GOP Senate would do better.
Well, just last week Senate Republicans failed to get a majority to support their version of repeal-and-replace.
They even failed in an attempt to just repeal Obamacare, with the promise to vote a replacement within the next two years.
All of this is not OK with Idahoans, who want some kind of action on repeal and replacement, finds Jones:
-- Among all Republicans in Idaho, 76 percent supported the U.S. House plan, 10 percent opposed it, and 13 percent didn’t know.
-- Democrats oppose the House plan, 81-13 percent.
-- While political independents support the plan, 51-45 percent.
Much has been made in the national media about how poorer, less educated Americans, support repeal-and-replace, while they may be the very ones (if they are on Medicaid or other low-income health plans) who may be hurt by changing Obamacare.
And Jones finds that among Idahoans:
-- Those with just a high school degree supported the U.S. House plan, 57-33 percent.
-- Those with a two-year associate college degree, or some kind of technical certificate, support the House’s replacement plan, 63-31 percent.
Those with a four-year college degree or a graduate degree are split.
-- Those with a BA support repeal, 46-42 percent.
-- Those with a graduate degree, like a doctor or lawyer, barely oppose repeal and replace 48-47 percent.
As might be expected, those who self-identified to Jones that they are “very conservative” politically show the greatest support for the U.S. House GOP plan:
-- “Very conservative” Idahoans support the repeal plan, 77-12 percent.
-- Those who are “somewhat conservative” support the U.S. House repeal and replace, 75-19 percent.
But then it shifts:
-- “Moderates” oppose the House health care plan, 56-33 percent.
-- “Somewhat liberal,” oppose 72-26 percent.
-- And those who said they are “very liberal,” oppose the House GOP plan, 81-12 percent.
Idaho’s two U.S. senators and two U.S. House members, all Republicans, all support their bodies’ repeal and replace health care proposals.
Jones polled 649 adults from May 4-18.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.85 percent.