A majority of United States citizens want to keep Obamacare. A poll was conducted by Monmouth University Polling Institute before the Republicans submitted their proposal for replacing the affordable care act that was signed into law by former President Barack Obama. Of the 801 people surveyed from March 2 to March 5, over half of them indicated they would prefer to keep the Affordable Care Act in place. The 51 percent who voted to keep it would welcome some improvements. Another 7 percent wanted to maintain the act just as it is. Another 31 percent said they would be happy if the health care law was repealed and replaced.

8 percent wanted the entire law repealed without any replacement. The remaining 3 percent of those polled indicated they didn't know.

More numbers

Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, commented on the results of the poll. He said the Republican plan in its draft form suggests that it might leave all sides disappointed whether it is repealed, replaced or retained.

Of the 801 surveyed, 33 percent believed the cost would increase if the act was repealed and replaced. Only 20 percent thought the cost would go down, and 38 percent voted on the belief that the cost would remain the same as what they are already paying with no change in cost whatsoever.

Included among the numbers, 27 percent of those who were polled believe they would have more choices to get health care while a smaller number of 23 percent believed they would have fewer choices.

A much higher number, 43 percent, believe they would have the same choice.

In reference to health insurance requirements, 53 percent agreed with them, but 43 percent were against the insurance needs.

Medicaid

People are wondering what will happen with Medicaid. The draft of the legislation that was released on Monday, March 6, indicates that the Republicans proposed to phase out Medicaid expansion, and subsidies by private insurance companies would be changed.

USA Today reported that if the Affordable Care Act is replaced, it will hurt those in the low-income bracket who rely on federal subsidies or Medicaid for their health care coverage. Health care experts say it will also affect hospitals that are required to treat patients whether they are insured or not. If you had been part of the survey, how would you have voted in reference to the Affordable Care Act?

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