New poll: Voters think GOP health care changes will hurt, not help

New poll shows Americans sour on Republican health care changes.

By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans are confident Republican health care changes are more likely to hurt, not help, their family.

Americans are feeling the impact of Republican health care changes — from higher premiums, to millions losing health insurance — and they are not happy.

A new CBS poll asked Americans about changes Republicans have made to health care, and the results spell trouble for Republicans who have spent years seeking to sabotage health care policies.

“Health care tops the list of most important issue for voters, ahead of the economy — and by two to one voters say they’ve been hurt, not helped, by the GOP’s changes to the health care laws,” says CBS News.

This poll mirrors other recent attempts to gauge American sentiment about health care changes. Health care costs tops the list of voter concerns, according to a recent KFF poll published in March. Another KFF poll, published by in April 2018, shows concern about health care costs dramatically increasing over the past several months.

California is home to several embattled Republican House members — and the impact of these policy changes are just beginning to be felt by their constituents.

Every single California Republican voted to repeal Obamacare, including vulnerable incumbent Reps. Steve Knight (Palmdale), Dana Rohrabacher (Costa Mesa), and Mimi Walters (Irvine).

“The Republican-led attempt to overturn the health law last year caused premiums to surge,” reports Bloomberg. And looking to next year, some premiums may increase by up to 90 percent.

“The constant anxiety Americans now face is yet another hidden cost of Republicans’ relentless repeal-and-sabotage campaign against our health care,” says Brad Woodhouse, campaign director of Protect Our Care.

The Washington Post sums up the issue succinctly (referencing a study by the Commonwealth Fund that SoCal Daily previously reported on):

Obamacare critics regularly describe all problems as the inevitable result of a poorly designed law. But the numbers suggest that the critics’ sabotage efforts are to blame. After impressive declines during President Barack Obama’s second term, the fund found that the uninsured rate increased in both of the years Mr. Trump has been in office. During the campaign, Mr. Trump regularly complained that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) left too many Americans uncovered. The result of nearly a year and a half of Mr. Trump’s leadership is 4 million people added to that group.

In California, health care premiums are expected to increase by up to 30 percent next year. In the coming weeks, California insurance companies will submit their requested rates for next year, and final decisions will be made by the state regulators in October.

Which means voters will know the true cost of Republican sabotage just weeks before they head to the ballot box for the midterm election.