Poll: West Virginians favor fixing Affordable Care Act

Replacement plan should be in place before repeal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginians for Affordable Health Care (WVAHC) today released results of a statewide poll of voters that shows West Virginians overwhelmingly want a replacement plan before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,128 West Virginia voters earlier this month and found 79 percent believe it’s wrong to repeal without a plan to replace the ACA, including how to lower costs, keep people covered and protect people with pre-existing conditions. Additionally, the majority of respondents (58 percent) said Congress should keep what works in the ACA and fix what doesn’t.

“The people of our state show compassion for their fellow West Virginians and they don’t think it’s responsible or compassionate to pull the rug out from people who are insured thanks to the ACA,” said Renate Pore, interim executive director of WVAHC. “Congressional leaders should take a page out of these West Virginians’ book and wait until a viable replacement plan is ready before repealing the entire law.”

Specifically, the poll revealed:

— 82 percent of West Virginians oppose allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for preexisting conditions.

— 78 percent oppose eliminating provisions that provide routine check-ups for people who need them the most, which includes cancer screenings and mammograms and wellness checks for children.

— 76 percent of those polled oppose eliminating funding for health coverage that will result in almost 30 million Americans losing their health insurance, including 4 million children.

The poll also found that 79 percent oppose the GOP proposals that would include an immediate $500 billion tax cut for big business and the wealthy.

“Clearly West Virginians believe the ACA needs to be fixed, not eliminated,” Pore said. “We hope our representatives in DC are listening to their constituents and put the brakes on rapid repeal without replacement.”

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