The ACA (ObamaCare) hits its highest favorability

As the Supreme Court considers hearing Texas v. United States, which challenges the constitutionality of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), the ACA has hit its highest approval rating since the Kaiser Family Foundation began polling it ten years ago.

Key Points:

  • 55% favor the ACA while slightly more than one-third (37%) of the public hold unfavorable views.
  • Nearly nine in ten Democrats (85%) and Democratic voters (86%) view the ACA favorably and while most Republicans view it unfavorably.
  • Fewer Republicans call for repealing the ACA.
  • Both parties have made healthcare a priority going into the general election; however, Republicans have offered no replacement plan or any plan at all.
  • Medicare-for-all plan and a government-administered public option continue to garner majority support.
  • The public option holds the advantage over a national Medicare-for-all plan when supporters of both are forced to choose one.
  • Four in ten Americans (43%) favor both a national Medicare-for-all plan and a government-administered public option.
  • Six in ten (62%) Democrats and four in ten (43%) independents.
  • 17 percent of Republicans favor both Medicare-for-all and a public option.
  • Half of Republicans oppose both plans.

When voters who favor both a national Medicare-for-all plan and a government-administered public option (40% of all registered voters) are asked which proposal they prefer, the public option retains its edge. More than four in ten voters (44%) either only favor a public option (26%) or prefer it (18%) compared to one-fourth of voters (26%) who either only favor a national Medicare-for-all plan (7%) or prefer it over a public option (20%).

A government-administered public option has the edge over a national Medicare-for-all plan among Democratic voters, independent voters, and Republican voters; however, a significant share of Democratic voters (39%) either only favor or prefer a national Medicare-for-all plan.

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