Stunning is a good word to describe the improbable shift the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [ACA] has undergone since its creator, President Barack Obama, has vacated the White House and Donald Trump has occupied it for the last 98 days.

In the fall midterm elections of 2010 that followed the summer’s Tea Party inspired rage over the ACA, or Obamacare as Republicans have dubbed it, the revolt at the ballot box returned control of the U.S. House of Representatives to Republicans, a control they’ve enjoyed ever since. President Obama was mocked and ridiculed for his so-called government takeover of the health care market, when what the ACA really did was to lower costs for about 15 percent of the working population who couldn’t access affordable health care through their employer or who couldn’t afford the costs to buy a policy on the open market. Junk health care policies, once a standard of the industry, were no longer being sold, as health care insurers were required to offer packages with set standards.

Obamacare underwent trial by fire when the launch of sign-ups online tripped and floundered on day one, with Republicans cheering its failure while Democrats cautioned how well it would work if given the time and talent to make it work as sold.

Donald Trump surfed his way to the White House last year with a promise to repeal and replace it on day one. Not only did he not repeal and replace it on day one, he and Republican allies in the U.S. House couldn’t do it weeks later, as the bill Speaker Paul Ryan eventually brought to the floor would leave 24 million over time without the ACA they had come to believe in.

Now that President Trump has lost his first big battle over an issue he railed on during his entire campaign for president, the curious if not perplexing state of the state of the ACA is that it’s more popular than ever, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that shows 61 percent endorse keeping and improving it compared to 37 percent who still want to repeal and replace it.

The poll also throws cold water on the new plan by Republicans to coax Freedom Caucus members and GOP moderates to vote for it this time because states would be given the option to opt in or out of the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

By a margin of 70 percent to 26, U.S. adults want states to continue to protect people with preexisting conditions instead of letting state opt out, for fear health insurance companies would rig their policies to raise rates and other payments once forbidden by Obamacare.

The Post-ABC poll shows that, “beyond the criticism of GOP proposals for devolving health policy to the states, many Americans are leery about a major overhaul to Obamacare.”

The Center for American Progress breaks out preexisting conditions by age brakcets across all congressional districts. Here are Ohio’s 16 districts:

Representative (District)  Age 0 to 17 with Pre-existing Condition  Age 18 to 24 with Pre-existing Condition  Age 25 to 34 with Pre-existing Condition  Age 35 to 44 with Pre-existing Condition  Age 45 to 54 with Pre-existing Condition  Age 55 to 64 with Pre-existing Condition
Steve Chabot (OH-1)                       41,400                       25,500                       42,400                       51,600                       74,100                       71,400
Brad R. Wenstrup (OH-2)                       39,700                       21,000                       45,300                       51,300                       68,500                       75,100
Joyce Beatty (OH-3)                       44,700                       32,600                       63,300                       56,700                       64,600                       62,400
Jim Jordan (OH-4)                       38,800                       23,500                       38,100                       48,400                       68,600                       80,300
Robert E. Latta (OH-5)                       39,800                       26,800                       39,300                       49,100                       66,700                       76,000
Bill Johnson (OH-6)                       34,500                       21,000                       34,600                       48,000                       67,700                       79,200
Bob Gibbs (OH-7)                       42,400                       23,200                       38,000                       51,200                       69,600                       80,200
Warren Davidson (OH-8)                       41,300                       27,100                       37,700                       50,200                       71,800                       74,400
Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)                       37,500                       26,400                       44,000                       49,200                       68,600                       73,800
Michael R. Turner (OH-10)                       38,000                       26,700                       42,800                       46,300                       67,400                       72,600
Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)                       37,700                       26,600                       43,200                       46,900                       61,900                       73,500
Patrick J. Tiberi (OH-12)                       43,200                       25,300                       45,700                       62,700                       77,500                       73,900
Tim Ryan (OH-13)                       34,200                       26,700                       43,200                       45,400                       63,300                       74,700
David P. Joyce (OH-14)                       37,300                       20,500                       33,800                       44,400                       81,400                       86,300
Steve Stivers (OH-15)                       39,800                       25,200                       47,900                       54,300                       75,600                       74,800
James B. Renacci (OH-16)                       36,000                       20,500                       35,000                       47,300                       74,500                       78,300
 

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