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How the ACA went from unpopular to (sort of) popular

Adapted from Kaiser Family Foundation. Note: Margin of error typicallly ±3 percentage points. Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested this week that Republicans might take another run at repealing the Affordable Care Act if they win more seats in November, it was a good line for Republican voters — but not for the rest of the public.

Between the lines: The law really was unpopular throughout most of Barack Obama's presidency — especially in late 2013 and 2014, when the website was crashing and people's individual health plans were being canceled. But look when it became more popular again: right after Donald Trump became president. And it still is, even though Republican voters still want to repeal it.

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