Americans are split over tying 'Obamacare' to funding plan
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Americans are split over whether funding for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law should be linked to measures that pay for U.S. government operations, but more will blame Republicans if the government has to shut down on Tuesday, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.
The poll, conducted during the past four days, also found that 65 per cent of Americans are concerned about the looming shutdown of many government offices that will occur at midnight unless Congress and the White House can resolve deep differences on budget and spending priorities.
Conservative Republicans in Congress have tried to hold up extending the government's spending authority beyond the end of the budget year late Monday to try to get Democrats to agree to weaken or cut funding for "Obamacare," the healthcare overhaul that begins taking effect on Tuesday.
It is a move that has divided the Republican Party - and many Americans, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll.