In the latest health tracking poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation on Tuesday, 64 percent of those polled say the failure of the American Health Care Act is a good thing and the majority of Americans are relieved about the outcome.

Still,  Kaiser researchers point to sharply divided views along party lines: 87 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents believe that repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with the AHCA was not a good option; 54 percent of Republicans polled had the opposite view.

About half of the public (55 percent) say the AHCA did not pass because it went too far in cutting existing programs. Nonetheless, when taking a closer look at the numbers, views varied along party lines with 74 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents saying the AHCA didn’t pass because cuts to existing health care programs were too extreme. Conversely, 58 percent of Republicans said the AHCA did not pass mainly because it didn’t go far enough to end Obamacare.

Despite divided views towards the 2010 health law, three-fourths of the public polled thinks President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the current health care law work.

Additionally, according to Kaiser researchers, "the public is increasingly wary of President Trump’s ability to deliver on his campaign promise of less expensive and better health care for all Americans. Thirty-seven percent say they are confident President Trump will be able to deliver on this campaign promise, down from 47 percent three months ago."

Based on the KFF polling numbers, I am interested in what you think about the AHCA failure and whether or not you would like to see Republicans and Democrats work together to improve the Affordable Care Act. 

Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli is a features writer at The Post-Star. She can be reached at kphalen-tomaselli@poststar.com for comments or story ideas. 

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