The GOP Health Care Bill Is One Of The Most Divisive Bills In American History

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President Donald Trump meeting with members of the airline industry at the White House February 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee, Getty

Donald Trump's approval ratings aren't the only data sets negatively impacting his young presidency.

If passed, the GOP's Senate health care bill—the key to Trump's campaign promise of repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act—would be one of the least popular bills in American history, with a NPR/PBS News House/Marist poll released Wednesday indicating the controversial legislation has just 17 percent of the public's support. Congress' version of the health care legislation, the American Health Care Act, was polled as one of the least popular bills in history, with just nine percent of voters saying the Senate should pass the House version without modifications, a Morning Consult poll showed.

Meanwhile, the Better Care Reconciliation Act could prove to be one of the most divisive bills ever passed, with zero votes from the Democratic Party and opposition from multiple Republicans. If just one or two Republican senators vote againt the legislation and it still passes through the Senate without any Democratic votes, it would become the most divisive law in the past 100 years, surpassing the Affordable Care Act and marking a new high in political polarization across the country, according to The Atlantic.

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Even with full support from the Republican Party and none whatsoever from the Democrats, the GOP's health care bill would match Obama's health care law as one of the most divisive bills passed in the Senate in modern American history, when looking at The Atlantic's reporting on polarizing legislation within the last century. If the GOP bill passes with one or two "no's" from the Republicans, it would surpass the Affordable Care Act, marking a new high in political polarization.

Currently, the most divisive bills ever passed, based off a study of the percent difference in voting on bills between Republicans and Democrats, include Obama's health care legislation and stimulus package, followed by his 2013 revenue law and former President George W. Bush's tax plan in 2001.

"With numbers like these, it's not surprising the Republican leadership in Congress is having a difficult time building consensus," Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, told NPR about its latest polling on the proposed law.

The GOP can afford to lose just two votes from within its own party to pass the bill following the July 4th recess in the Senate. There are at least nine Republicans who have expressed opposition to the legislation.

A vote was expected to take place this week on the health care bill, which Trump has touted as a "very good" bill after reportedly telling senators behind closed doors the House version was "mean." The vote was pushed back following the holiday break, in an apparent attempt to garner the votes required to pass the legislation.

Trump said Obama's landmark health care initiative was "melting down" in a meeting with Republican senators Tuesday night, telling lawmakers "we have really no choice but to solve the situation."

The president then tweeted his disdain against the "fake news" media, defending the GOP's bill and his own knowledge of its details.

"Some of the Fake News media likes to say that I am not totally engaged in health care," Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning. "Wrong, I know the subject well & want victory for U.S."

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