Remember when most Americans were so frustrated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that the ACA’s disapproval rating was a whopping 53 percent? Oh wait….that was only a few months ago! My how quickly things have changed.
A new Gallup poll shows that 55 percent of Americans now support the nation’s health law, which is up from 42 percent just five months ago.
A majority of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s health care law, for the first time since the polling firm Gallup began asking the question in November 2012.
And asked about the law’s future, a plurality, 40 percent, told Gallup they would like to keep the law but make “significant changes” to it; 30 percent would like it to be repealed, and 26 percent want to keep it as is.
According to CNN.com, “Americans’ view of Obamacare are split along party lines, though all groups view the law more favorably now, according to Gallup. Some 86% of Democrats and 57% of independents approve it, while 17% of Republicans do. But, in November, only 7% of Republicans felt this way.”
The Washington Times quoted Gallup officials as saying:
“(President Donald) Trump vehemently attacked the Affordable Care Act during his presidential campaign — and in the days immediately following his election, the public appeared to agree with him,” Gallup said. “However, in the five months since, as Republicans’ efforts to replace the law with one of their own have failed to get off the ground, enough Americans have changed their minds about the ACA to create a majority favoring it for the first time.”
At the same time, a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that three-out-of-four people polled said the Trump administration “should do what they can” to make the current healthcare law work.
The desire to make ObamaCare work was particularly strong among Democrats and Independents, with 89 percent of Democrats and 78 percent of Independents urging the administration to make the positive effort.
A majority of Republicans, however, also favored trying to make ObamaCare work. While 38 percent want the the administration to do what it can to make the law fail, 51 percent want the president and his team to do what they can to make it work.
The poll also found that 64 percent of Americans believe that the GOP’s failure to pass its ObamaCare repeal bill was a good thing.
So, it seems the majority of Americans have had a change of heart regarding the ACA. Do you think it can be tweaked (or overhauled depending on your view) to the point where it can be effective not only here in Arizona but across the country? Or do you still believe it needs to be repealed and replaced? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the ACA’s future. Generating meaningful conversations around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!