Having seen what the Republicans think of when they think of “healthcare reform,” Gallup finds that a majority of Americans like Obamacare.
More than half of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a Gallup poll out Tuesday, marking the first time the law has gained majority support since Gallup began tracking public opinion on it in 2012.
Fifty-five percent of Americans say that former President Barack Obama‘s signature healthcare reform law should remain in place, though 40 percent say it needs significant changes. Still, the new rate is up significantly from November, when only 42 percent said they approved of the law.
ObamaCare seems have grown on independents the most in recent months. In November, right after the 2016 election, only 40 percent of independents said they approved of the law. But in Gallup’s most recent poll, that number has jumped to 57 percent — a 17-point increase in five months.
The apparent wave of approval for ObamaCare comes less than two weeks after the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the ACA. The measure was backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the White House early on, but was ultimately withdrawn amid weak Republican support.
Yet the Republicans keep trying to repeal it, although they’re not getting very far, so their next plan is to sabotage it. Let’s see how that goes over.