With the (surprise?) election Tuesday of Donald Trump as president of the United States, one thing is likely: Obamacare will be repealed by Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress.
What will take its place, if anything, is uncertain.
One idea is that the federal government will participate financially in some form, but it will be up to individual states to decide how to take care of their citizens who don’t have healthcare insurance, or the ability to pay for their medical care.
Before this election, Idaho Politics Weekly, with its pollster Dan Jones & Associates, asked Idahoans whether the Legislature should come up with a solution to cover health care costs of the estimated 78,000 Idahoans who don’t have health insurance today:
- 71 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” agree the Legislature should act to cover those folks.
- 26 percent said “no,” lawmakers shouldn’t take such action.
- And 3 percent didn’t know.
Also before the election, IPW asked if the Legislature should expand Medicaid under Obama’s Affordable Care Act, to qualify for federal funds, to pay most of the cost of covering those unfortunate 78,000 Idahoans.
Without knowing that President Trump and GOP-controlled Congress would likely repeal Obamacare, Idahoans said:
- 61 percent agree to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and take the tens, if not hundreds, of millions of federal dollars to help in covering uninsured Idahoans.
- 35 percent said “no,” the Legislature should not expand Medicaid under the ACA.
- And 5 percent didn’t know.
Now, of course, in general, Republicans don’t like much of anything Obama did, including the ACA.
Democrats generally like the president’s actions.
And independents, depending on the topic, are usually split about Obama’s programs.
- 63 percent of Idaho Republicans still want their GOP-controlled Legislature to find some way to pay health care costs for the 78,000 of their fellow citizens without insurance, with or without Obamacare.
- 32 percent of Republicans don’t want the Legislature to act.
- 94 percent of Idaho Democrats want the Legislature to find a solution for the 789,000 uninsured.
- Only 6 percent of Democrats said no.
- Two-thirds of political independents (66 percent) said lawmakers should act.
- 29 percent said no, the Legislature should not act to help the 78,000 uninsured.
Jones finds that, generally speaking, more women than men want to take care of the uninsured – either under Obamacare or not.
So, by far most Idahoans want their state lawmakers to find some way – now, with Trump, likely not under Obamacare – to help insure those poorer Idahoans who don’t have health insurance, and can’t otherwise pay for their medical care.
Time will tell what Trump and Congress do about uninsured Americans, but most Idahoans want some kind of solution to help out those less fortunate than themselves.
Jones polled 608 adults from Sept. 28 to Oct. 9. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.97 percent.