According to a YouGov poll, sponsored by The Economist magazine, 31 percent of respondents believe that President Donald Trump has kept his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Among those polled, the largest plurality who agreed with the statement by age were aged 65 and older, at 38 percent. 

Results of the survey varied according to political affiliation. It found that 44 percent of Republicans agreed with the statement, while 27 percent of Democrats agreed. Of those polled, 49 percent said Trump had not kept his promise to repeal Obamacare.

On Friday, the president signed the Republican tax reform measure into law that repeals the controversial individual mandate that has characterized Obamacare. The mandate require people to buy health insurance or pay a fine. The Supreme Court upheld the mandate as being within the purview of Congress to levy taxation.

However, the remainder of Obamacare remains in force, including prohibitions against insurers who refuse coverage to persons with pre-existing illnesses and conditions or charging them more.

The survey was based on a sample of 1,478 respondents, taken from web-based interviews held Dec. 24 to Dec. 26. 
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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