Poll: For The First Time, Majority Of Americans Support The ACA

AP

For the first time, a majority of Americans support former President Barack Obama’s health care bill, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

Fifty-five percent of Americans now support Obamacare, the poll reported. This number is a serious increase from five months ago when 42 percent of people approved of the Affordable Care Act while 53 percent disapproved. This is the first time a majority of Americans have approved of the law since Gallup began polling for it in 2012.

Each group polled—Republicans, Democrats and independents—are all more likely to approve of the ACA now than just after President Donald Trump was elected, according to Gallup.

Despite this news, only 26 percent want to keep Obamacare as it is, according to the poll. Forty percent want to keep the Affordable Care Act but amend it significantly and 30 percent want to repeal and replace the law.

The findings are notable because in March, House Republicans pulled their preferred health care bill after they could not garner enough support for the legislation.

The poll was conducted over the telephone from April 1-2, 2017 with a sample size of 1,023 adults 18 and older. The margin of error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

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