From polls to protests, the health law is getting the kind of backing it hasn’t seen for most of the time since it passed.
Voters’ warmer views of the Affordable Care Act held up in February, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, with supporters narrowly outweighing detractors for a second month. Opposition to the health law often known as Obamacare had outpolled support in every WSJ/NBC survey since the law was passed until the start of this year, when the debate began in earnest about passing repeal legislation that Republican President Donald Trump could sign.
Seven years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Democrats seem finally to have secured a crucial element for its preservation: a robust grass-roots movement supporting it. Pro-ACA protesters attended more than 100 rallies held Saturday across the country, organized by an activist group affiliated with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). That followed a congressional recess week during which GOP lawmakers were confronted by defenders of the health-care law in town hall meetings across the country. Numerous Democratic officeholders also held events touting the law’s successes.
Medical professionals and Affordable Care Act supporters lined the sidewalk along Camelback Road near the offices of U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake on Saturday afternoon to express their disbelief and disappointment in federal efforts to repeal the health-insurance measure. Supporters said the possibility of losing insurance granted through the ACA, widely referred to as “Obamacare,” is a matter of life or death.