Most Americans Approve of Obamacare: New Poll

Obamacare is more popular than ever, according to a new poll.

Fifty-five percent of Americans now support the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to Gallup’s latest polling.  This represents a major turnaround from five months ago, when 42% approved and 53% disapproved. For the first time since Gallup first asked in November 2012, a majority of Americans have approved of the healthcare law, also known as Obamacare.

Independent voters have led the shift toward approval, increasing by 17 percentage points compared with 10-point changes for both Republicans and Democrats.

Republicans’ opposition to the ACA helped them win control of the House in 2010, control of the Senate in 2014 and the presidency last year. However, Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the healthcare law failed last month, as House leaders’ replacement bill ran into opposition with the party’s moderates as well as the far-right ‘Freedom Caucus’ Republicans.

Obamacare has insured upwards of 20 million Americans through its various coverage provisions, including subsidized exchanges and expanded Medicaid.

The Affordable Care Act provides health coverage for millions of Americans.

According to Gallup, what Americans want Congress to do next about healthcare depends on their views of the ACA:

  • Twenty-six percent want to keep the law in place largely as it is.
  • The 40% who want to keep the law but make significant changes are evenly split: 49% want Congress to continue to work on healthcare in the next few months, while 49% would like to see Congress turn its attention to other issues for the time being.
  • Among the 30% who want the ACA repealed and replaced, most (64%) say Congress should continue to work on healthcare. Another 32% say Congress should turn to other issues.

Gallup currently has President Trump’s popularity at 41%, meaning that more people approve of Obamacare than approve of Donald Trump.  Other recent polls have Trump’s approval numbers even lower.