The vote against the Obama health care law looms large for 21 GOP lawmakers, including Iowa congressmen David Young and Rod Blum, who represent competitive congressional districts where Democrat Hillary Clinton won or came close in last year's presidential election.
Thats what most people say Congress and the Trump administration should do after the Senate failed to approve legislation in July to revamp the Affordable Care Act, according to a survey this month.
And by almost 2-to-1, most say it's good that the Senate rejected the GOP repeal-and-replace bill last month.
The collapse of the yearslong Republican quest to dismantle "Obamacare" has been a bitter pill for House Republicans who voted for GOP legislation in May, only to see the drive fall apart in the Senate two weeks ago.
Moving forward, a majority of the public (60 percent) says President Trump and Republicans in Congress are responsible for any problems with the ACA. But to do it involved taxing wealthy households, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device manufacturers while extending tax credits to low-income earners - in other words, the kind of stuff Republicans abhor.
Only 17 percent of the public and 40 percent of Republicans think the Trump administration should take steps to make the health law fail, the survey said.
Reaching the 200-day mark of his presidency, Donald Trump is getting resistance not just from the Democrats and their enablers in the liberal media, but from members of his own party who refuse to give the president a major legislative victory. About a fifth of respondents (21 percent) say Republicans should continue their work on a bill, while a similarly sized portion (21 percent) said they are ready to move on from healthcare. Analysts say that would roil insurance markets because fewer healthy people would buy policies, leaving them with greater proportions of expensive, seriously ill customers. While around 6 in 10 overall say Trump should not use such disruptive tactics, a majority of Republicans back that approach. "But if Democrats keep this generic ballot lead at least in the high single digits, you have to take their chances of retaking the House seriously", said Geoffrey Skelley, a political forecaster at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. There has been a 9-percentage-point increase in people who hold a favorable view since November.
The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll was conducted august 1-6 and involved random calls to the cellphones and landlines of 1,211 adults. The poll carries a margin of error of 3 percentage points.