Ryan Plays Down Hopes For Quick Revival Of US Healthcare Overhaul

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Former US President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is more popular now than it was on Election Day, despite President Trump and the GOP's efforts to dismantle it, a poll said.

However, much like the first bill that failed, the devil is in the details. This is the first time a majority of Americans have approved of the law since Gallup began polling for it in 2012.

If young Americans had it their way, the federal government would spend a whole lot more to ensure that people across the USA had health care coverage.

If Trump doesn't understand what went wrong with the AHCA, or does understand but can't find a solution to last month's failure, then he won't be able to ensure that the new legislation gets the Republican votes it needs to pass the House now.

"It's premature to say where we are or what we're on because we're at that conceptual stage right now".

But chances remain slim that Republican leaders can build consensus among the conservative House Freedom Caucus and the more centrist Tuesday Group that doomed the last effort.

“No one ever said the Affordable Care Act was ideal, ” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on the Senate floor March 27.

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People who support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) breathed a sigh of relief when House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he did not have the votes to pass the ACA's replacement, the American Health Care Act.

Some of the problems with the bill included persistent rising health care costs and maintaining certain health care provisions for illegal aliens, potentially leaving both Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration vulnerable to an electoral backlash.

Given the complexities of the factions among the Republicans and quite different dynamics among Democrats, tax reform may prove even more nettlesome than health care reform. And they understand that will cost more: Sixty-three percent want the government to increase spending to help people afford insurance.

House speaks Paul Ryan of Wis. discusses the Republican agenda as he faces reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 30, 2017. Seventy-five percent of young adults supported that provision, and 63 percent were in favor of prohibiting insurance providers from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions.

The Gallup poll was based on phone interviews with 1,023 US adults in all 50 states, and was conducted April 1-2.

Shares of HCA Holdings HCA.N , the largest publicly traded hospital operator, fell 3.2 percent, while Tenet Healthcare THC.N was off 4.8 percent and Community Health Systems CYH.N dropped 6.3 percent.