Republicans on Capitol Hill have been stymied as to how to repeal the law and replace it without dropping millions from coverage.
The Affordable Care Act, which has been under threat of repeal since its implementation, has gained in popularity after the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, according to recent polling data.
The reality of losing health insurance may be driving the recent bump in the law’s popularity, as Trump made a swift repeal of the ACA a campaign priority. One of his first moves after his inauguration was to issue an executive order to “prompt repeal” of the law.
However, Republicans on Capitol Hill have been stymied as to how to repeal the law and replace it without dropping millions from coverage. Now that the law has increased in popularity, many Republicans are leaning toward fixing the law rather than implementing their original plan to repeal and replace the ACA.
A recent report from The Hill, a political news outlet, reveals that many Republicans are now interested in keeping the more popular aspects of the ACA in place.
“I think it is more accurate to say repair Obamacare because, for example, in the reconciliation procedure that we have in the Senate, we can't repeal all of Obamacare,” Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander said to reporters, via The Hill.
“Obamacare wasn't passed by reconciliation, it can't be repealed by reconciliation. So we can repair the individual market, which is a good place to start."
Medicaid expansion is a key aspect of the law, as many otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford health insurance. St. Alexius president Andy Lankowicz said last year that 20,000 people have gotten coverage in North Dakota under Medicaid expansion.
The New York Times cited in a recent report that an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 45 percent of respondents say that Obamacare was a good idea, while 41 percent say it was a bad idea. The report also cites a Fox News poll that shows 50 percent of respondents support the ACA versus 46 percent opposed.