Republicans leave PPACA repeal fight behind

Republican congressional leaders have essentially abandoned the fight to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a Los Angeles Timesreport.

Although there are a few Republicans, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who are still demanding a complete repeal of the health reform law, most GOP congressional leaders are not interested in the prospect and have turned their attention to other issues, including tax reform, according to the report.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the presumed Republican presidential front-runner, is not getting behind a full PPACA repeal initiative. He has even criticized Republican congressional leaders' past attempts to repeal the health reform law, according to the report.

The PPACA is still unpopular with GOP voters. However, only a small percentage of Americans want to revert back to the way healthcare was pre-PPACA. "Only 18 percent of Americans want to go back to the system we had before because they do not want to go back to some of the problems we had," Whit Ayres, a veteran Republican pollster who works for presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), said at a recent breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, according to the report.

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