More than half of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare”, according to a Gallup poll out today, marking the first time the law has gained majority support since Gallup began tracking public opinion on it in 2012.
Fifty-five percent of Americans say that former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law should remain in place, though 40 percent say it needs significant changes. Still, the new rate is up significantly from November, when only 42 percent said they approved of the law.
The apparent wave of approval for ObamaCare comes less than two weeks after the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the ACA. The measure was backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the White House early on, but was ultimately withdrawn amid weak Republican support.