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Majority Of Americans Now In Favor Of Obamacare

| by Robert Fowler

While Senate Republicans have introduced health care legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, new polling indicates that a slight majority of Americans would rather keep the Obama-era law.

On June 22, Senate Republicans unveiled a 142-page bill to repeal and replace the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare. The legislation has yet to receive a Congressional Budget Office score, but has been criticized for shrinking the number of essential health benefits and proposing stiff cuts to Medicaid.

On June 23, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 51 percent of national adults had a favorable opinion of Obamacare while 41 percent had an unfavorable opinion, marking the highest level of support for the health care law since 2010, Vox reports.

The nadir of support for Obamacare occurred in November 2013, when Kaiser found that only 33 percent of Americans said they had a favorable opinion of it, with 49 percent unfavorable. National support for the law has steadily climbed amid GOP lawmakers' efforts to repeal it.

The survey found that 50 percent of respondents believed they would be better off with Obamacare in place; 36 percent believed that their lives would improve under a GOP replacement.

Only 30 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of the GOP plan to repeal and replace the ACA while 55 percent were against it. Slightly more than half -- 55 percent -- of President Donald Trump's supporters approved of the replacement plan, a noticeable drop compared to the 69 percent who supported it in May.

On June 22, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 41 percent of national adults said that the ACA was a good idea while 38 percent said it was a bad idea. Meanwhile, only 16 percent viewed the GOP replacement plan as a good idea while 48 percent said it was a bad idea, The Hill reports.

The poll also found that 39 percent of respondents wanted Republican lawmakers to abandon their efforts to repeal Obamacare while 28 percent thought the focus should be on improving the existing law. Meanwhile, 38 percent of respondents wanted the GOP to go all the way and repeal the health care law.

The Senate proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare has drawn starkly different reactions from Trump and his predecessor.

Former President Barack Obama released a statement on social media blasting the Senate Republicans' health care bill, asserting that it was a redistribution of wealth to the wealthiest Americans.

"The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill," Obama wrote on Facebook. "It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else."

Meanwhile, Trump took to Twitter to voice his support for the legislation.

"I am very supportive of the Senate [healthcare bill]," Trump tweeted out. "Look forward to making it really special! Remember, ObamaCare is dead."

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