Americans Are Split on Obamacare as Repeal Threatens Huge Costs

January 6, 2017, 1:11 PM UTC
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As the drama ramps up on Capitol Hill with Republican lawmakers promising a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act and Democrats scrambling for a strategy to save it, Americans are evenly divided about what they want, according to a new poll.

The Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 47% of Americans want to keep Obamacare, while 49% say they want to get rid of it. But of those who want to repeal the health care law, more say repeal should wait until Congress has a replacement plan than say lawmakers should scrap the plan first and work out a new one later.

The survey came out as a new study found there could be huge costs associated with a repeal. The Commonwealth Fund found that a repeal could lead to a loss of nearly 3 million jobs.

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