For The First Time, Majority Of Americans Support The ACA

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The top executive of Long Beach, Calif. -based Molina Healthcare said Republicans' "piecemeal approach" to repeal and replace the ACA will lead to a "healthcare disaster", according to a Tuesday interview on CNBC's Closing Bell.

The April Gallup poll shows, when asked if they "generally approve" of the Affordable Care Act, which "restructured the USA healthcare system", 55 percent now say they approve, up from compared to 42 percent in November, while 41 percent disapprove. More than eight in 10 Americans said the health insurance company should cover an emergency visit for chest pain, even if the ultimate diagnosis is a panic attack.

Plus, they don't want millions more Americans to go without health insurance, which is what would happen under the GOP plans discussed thus far.

To that point, the idea that the public would react to the failure of the health care system by punishing the minority party is a dubious assumption, at best.

The American Health Care Act of 2017, referred to by the acronym AHCA and nicknamed Trumpcare or Ryancare, was a bill to the United States Congress, that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed by President Obama on March 23, 2010. After the AHCA went down, much of the focus centered on the very conservative Freedom Caucus, and Trump's new bill seems to be created to win that group over.

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The public also sees a number of major factors contributing to why Congress did not pass the bill, including lack of support from Democrats in Congress (55%) and lack of support from Republicans in the conservative House Freedom Caucus (53%). It generated the greatest gain in health coverage for the American people since the passage of Medicare in 1965.

Rep. Gregory Murphy, R-Pitt, said he wants to keep some facets of the ACA, namely allowing young adults to stay covered under their parents' insurance plans until age 26 and adding more coverage for poor people. "We don't have a bill text or an agreement yet, but this is the kind of conversations we want", Ryan said.

The so-called Ryan bill would have also revamped the way Medicaid funding worked by allowing states to block grant or set a per-capita cap on federal outlays for the state-federal program for low-income Americans, many of whom are elderly or have disabilities and are housed in skilled nursing care.

Republicans say their bill includes a fallback option for people with health problems.

Fischer insists the Affordable Care Act isn't just going to fail, but that it is failing now.

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