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Poll: Affordable Care Act More Popular Than Ever

| by Ray Brown

Although Republicans appear determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, the landmark health care legislation is more popular than ever before.

According to the latest Gallup poll, 55 percent of American voters approve of the Affordable Care Act, which is up from five months ago when the health care law was approved by 42 percent of voters.

Gallup has been polling the public's opinion on the Affordable Care Act since 2012, and this is the first time more than half of respondents approved of the health care legislation, reported ABC News.

But there has been a pointedly large shift Since November 2016, during which time there has been a considerable amount of debate about the health care law's merits -- including the millions of people who would become uninsured if the law is repealed -- and there has been a sort of reversal in its public standing.

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In December 2016, 42 percent approved of the Affordable Care Act while 53 percent disapproved.

But in April, 55 percent approve while 41 percent disapprove.

"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 reported. "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."

Meanwhile, a Quinnipiac University poll released in March, just days before Republicans would fail to find enough votes to pass its first attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act under the Trump administration, found that 56 percent of people disapproved of the GOP-led healthcare plan.

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"Replacing Obamacare will come with a price for elected representatives who vote to scrap it, say many Americans, who clearly feel their health is in peril under the Republican alternative," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll, according to CNN

Although the Affordable Care Act is more popular these days, there is still a greater number of people who want the law repealed or, at the very least, highly modified, than those who want to keep it as is.

The Gallup poll found that 30 percent want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, while 40 percent want to keep it, but make make "significant changes."

Only 26 percent said they want to keep the Affordable Care Act "as it is."

Sources: Gallup, ABC News, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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