The fever has finally broke...at long last:
After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over.
GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other issues, including trade and tax reform.
Less noted, senior Republican lawmakers have quietly incorporated many of the law's key protections into their own proposals, including guaranteeing coverage and providing government assistance to help consumers purchase insurance.
Too many Americans are relying on it now to be taken away:
And although the law remains very unpopular with GOP voters, more than 20 million Americans now depend on it for health benefits, making even some of the most conservative Republicans loath to cut off coverage.
Which is probably the reason that Obamacare is now polling in positive territory for the first time:
The survey finds that 43 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the health care law, while 42 percent have an unfavorable view. It is the first time since a very brief period in 2012 that the law had more backers than detractors.
Let's not forget that all of these polls list single-payer supporters as "no" votes against Obama, when, if they were counted as supporters (most would rather have Obamacare than nothing), Obamacare has been widely popular all along. The mainstream press has gotten this wrong all these years...and continues to get it wrong!
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