CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A majority of West Virginia voters want a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act before it is repealed, according to a recent poll.

Public Policy Polling, a polling firm based out of Raleigh, N.C., found 79 percent of respondents believe it is wrong for Congree to repeal “Obamacare” without a plan that lowers costs, retains coverage and protects people with pre-existing conditions.

Additionally, 58 percent said Congress should keep the working parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law intact.

“Clearly West Virginians believe the ACA needs to be fixed, not eliminated,” said Renate Pore, interim executive director of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, in a statement.

The firm also found that 82 percent of respondents oppose allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for preexisting conditions, and 78 percent oppose eliminating provisions that provide routine check-ups such as cancer screenings.

“The people of our state show compassion for their fellow West Virginians and they don’t think it’s responsible or compassionate to pull the rug out from people who are insured thanks to the ACA,” Pore said. “Congressional leaders should take a page out of these West Virginians’ book and wait until a viable replacement plan is ready before repealing the entire law.”

Public Policy Polling surveyed more than 1,100 West Virginia voters.

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