Democrats hope they can build on President Donald Trump’s signature legislative achievement in 2019 by passing the GOP’s “Better Care Reconciliation Act” in a way that helps Republicans win control of Congress in 2018 and in 2020.
While Democrats will have to build support from moderate and moderate-leaning voters to do that, the measure has wide bipartisan support among moderate and liberal Democrats, according to a Morning Consult/POLITICO survey released Monday.
The poll found that 63 percent of Democrats, 61 percent of independents and 55 percent of moderates support the legislation, while 38 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of tea party Republicans oppose it.
The legislation will not make it to the floor, however, and a similar measure passed the Senate last year, but the House is unlikely to vote on it this year.
Democrats are counting on a Democratic-controlled House to pass the bill, which would roll back some of the ACA’s regulations and other health policies.
In order to pass, the bill would need to pass through the Democratic-led Senate, where Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has a majority of the seats.
But Democrats are optimistic that the chamber will give them the 60 votes needed to pass it.
The bill is a response to Trump’s executive order requiring Americans to purchase health insurance or face a tax penalty, but Democrats also hope to take a broader view of health care and the ACA, which was designed to lower health care costs for low-income Americans.
In the new poll, 44 percent of Americans said they were satisfied with how Trump’s order was implemented, with the remaining 35 percent saying it was a major improvement and 30 percent saying the ACA is still not working.
A full 64 percent of those polled said they would support the Democrats’ healthcare bill if it were passed.
The poll found broad support for the legislation among Democrats, although independents were more divided, with 39 percent of them in favor and 35 who said they opposed.
About a quarter of Democrats said they had concerns about the legislation and more than a third said they believed it would hurt their chances of winning elections.
But more than half of Republicans said they do not want to see the Democrats take away health care from their constituents.
More than a quarter said they believe Democrats are trying to dismantle the ACA and take away their rights.