Senate Republicans don't have plans to hold a public hearing on the GOP-backed American Health Care Act, but an overwhelming majority of Americans think they should. A new poll by CBS News released Tuesday revealed that 73 percent of Americans think Republicans should publicly discuss their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Even among Republicans, a majority (56 percent) think the GOP should publicly talk through their health-care bill. Just 41 percent agree with Republicans' behind-closed-doors approach.
CBS News surmised this push for a public discussion might have something to do with the fact that Americans aren't entirely clear on what the bill is all about. Overall, only 23 percent of Americans say they have a "good understanding" of the health-care bill that Senate Republicans want to hold a vote on next week, while 76 percent say they "haven't heard enough yet."
That sentiment was even stronger among Republicans: Just 19 percent of Republicans say they have a "good understanding" of the bill, while 81 percent say they don't yet know enough.
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The poll was taken by phone from June 15-18 among 1,117 adults. Its overall margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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