A recently released poll found that only one in four Americans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
The poll was conducted after the general election on Nov. 8, and offered a glimpse into how Americans view current healthcare laws. The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, which specializes in healthcare research, reported the results.
The 25 percent statistic is representative of those who want to repeal Obamacare completely, and does not include citizens who want to modify the law.
Still, the numbers are surprising, given that the country voted for a Republican president who made repeal of the ACA a cornerstone of his campaign, calling the law “a total disaster.”
However, after sitting down with President Obama a few weeks ago, Trump gave a quote to the Wall Street Journal that seemed to indicate a softening stance.
“I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that,” Trump said. “Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced.”
After the election, there was an significant uptick in registrations on HealthCare.gov as people signed up for health insurance. Currently over 10 million Americans are covered through the government service.
The CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Drew Altman, believes that even though some Republicans are unhappy with the law, they recognize the difficulty of changing a service so many Americans rely on.
“[Republicans] got a protest vote off their chests, and they’re done with that,” Altman said. “They now have a more moderate position.”
“They are going to go from casting stones to owning the problem,” he continued.
However, do not fret or rejoice too quickly — Trump’s new nominee for Department of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) is an avid foe of the Affordable Care Act and will most likely attempt to dismantle the law, 75 percent of the public be damned.
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