Trump's actions trigger health premium hikes for 2018

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Voters also are increasingly looking for a mend-it, don't-end-it approach to the 2010 health law, saying both parties should work together on fixes.

By almost 2-to-1, poll respondents said it's good that the repeal-and-replace bill failed, and about 4 in 5 respondents want the White House and Republicans to focus on making the ACA better, the Associated Press reported.

Uncertainty over the future of the payments has contributed to insurers exiting the healthcare exchanges and proposed premium increases for 2018. Almost two-thirds of the public oppose the president's negotiating tactics, the survey said.

"We're likely to see some insurers going back and asking for even higher premium increases from what they initially requested", Cox said.

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Instead of trying to scrap the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans should try to improve it, a large majority of Americans say. Kaiser found a reduction in insurer participation in the exchanges for eight of the states it surveyed, although all but one still had more than one insurer participating. Favorable views have increased 9 percentage points since the 2016 presidential election, with the trend occurring among Democrats, independents, and Republicans.

The GOP-controlled Senate failed to pass a health bill before it left for a summer break last week. Most of those who say it is a good thing say they do not want the law repealed at all (34% of the public overall), while fewer (23% of the public overall) say it is because they had concerns with the specific bill being debated. While two-thirds of Republicans and Trump supporters report feeling "disappointed", smaller shares (30% and 37%, respectively) report feeling "angry".

For context, as Drew Altman of the Kaiser Family Foundation noted in Axios on Thursday, there are about 17.5 million people who purchase coverage through the non-group insurance market, 10.3 million of which are enrolled in ACA exchanges.

Unlike in previous years, insurers in this market face new uncertainties that could affect their final rate requests, including questions about the degree to which the ACA's individual mandate will be enforced, and about whether the Trump administration will continue making cost-sharing subsidy payments to insurers or Congress will clarifiy that the payments are authorized. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (428) and cell phone (783). For results based on subgroups, the margin of sampling error may be higher.

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