Trump health-care effort aided by secret GOP poll showing demand for action

To be sure, Republican voters are concerned about the potential shortcomings of the American Health Care Act, say party insiders who have reviewed recent private polling examining the opinions of GOP voters. But above all, these voters want the Affordable Care Act repealed, the surveys of Republicans in battleground states and House districts with upcoming special elections revealed.

That could give Trump the advantage as talks on proposed changes to the AHCA continue ahead of a scheduled Thursday House vote and conservative and moderate critics weigh the political risk of sinking the legislation.

“It’s very popular among our folks, and this is a framework that we feel we can defend very well,” Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, claimed. “We have a president in Republican districts that, in most cases, is more popular than the Republican congressional incumbent.”