A new poll has found that the Affordable Care Act has reached a record high in popularity just as Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress are set to kill it.
NBC News detailed the bad news for the GOP in the latest NBC News/WSJ poll, “The poll finds 45 percent of respondents believing that the health-care law is a good idea, which is the highest percentage here since the NBC/WSJ poll began asking the question in April 2009. By contrast, 41 percent of Americans say the health-care law is a bad idea. It’s the first time in the poll since the law’s passage in 2010 where more think it is a good idea than a bad idea.”
Here is the trendline on the ACA’s popularity:
For the first time since the law passed, more Americans think Obamacare is a good idea than a bad idea. pic.twitter.com/UEhrl8BGJ4
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) January 17, 2017
The conventional wisdom was that Trump and Republicans would feel the backlash from ACA repeal after people began losing their health insurance. It turns out that the backlash has already begun. People do like their Obamacare and the fact that fifty percent of respondents also had no confidence that the Republican replacement would make things better suggests that the Republican Obamacare repeal is about to blow up in their faces.
A growing number of Americans understand that ACA repeal is a bad idea and that the Republican replacement will make things worse.
If Trump and the Republicans were smart, they would back off of repeal and focus on repair, but that is not going to happen. The Republican obsession ACA repeal is going to lead to their own demise.
America is speaking, and it wants to keep Obamacare.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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