58% of voters want to keep the ACA

Democrats' strategy to focus on healthcare in the midterms could prove pragmatic — 58 percent of voters from both major parties said they want to keep the ACA in place, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Oct. 26.

The unifying factor appears to be the ACA's protection of health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Eight in 10 Republican and Democratic voters support these protections, according to the poll, which was conducted Oct. 12-17 among 925 people likely to vote. This consensus comes even as 52.4 percent of voters polled said they felt the current state of the healthcare system in the U.S. was "poor" or "terrible." The state of healthcare was blamed primarily on payers (25.6 percent of voters felt payers were responsible), followed by former President Barack Obama (23.3 percent), pharmaceutical companies (11.5 percent) and President Donald Trump (11.2 percent).

The momentum behind the ACA and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions could give Democrats the push they need to take the House. The voting record for the majority of "the most vulnerable Republican incumbents" in the House could jeopardize their seats in November, according to Reuters. Sixty-seven of 73 have voted to repeal the ACA — and protections for people with pre-existing conditions with it — at least once.

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