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The Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law better known as Obamacare, has never been more popular, according to a new poll.
According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, for the first time more Americans think the ACA was a good idea than a bad one. Forty-five percent of Americans surveyed said that the law was a good idea, while 41% said it was a bad one.
This is the highest percentage of respondents saying it was a good idea since NBC News and The Wall Street Journal started asking the question in 2009.
Additionally, 50% of people in the survey said the ACA was working well or needed only minor improvements. Forty-nine percent said it needed major changes or should be done away with altogether, according to the report.
With the possible repeal of the law nearing, Americans also do not have much faith in Republicans’ promise to replace the law with something better.
Just 26% of people surveyed had a “great deal” or “quite a bit of confidence” that the GOP’s replacement would be better than the current law.
The survey comes as congressional Republicans have begun repealing the ACA by passing a budget resolution that directs the legislature to draft a repeal bill.
Additionally, a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday projected that a repeal with no replacement could lead to 18 million more people becoming uninsured in the first year after repeal and an increase in premiums of 20% to 25% over current projections.
The survey was conducted with 1,000 Americans from Thursday to Sunday, according to NBC News.