Gallup: Availability, affordability of health care No. 1 public concern

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     House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announces that he is abruptly pulling the troubled Republican health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announces that he is abruptly pulling the troubled Republican health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Thursday marked the second anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. In the context of efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, we take the public pulse on health care with Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.

    The availability and affordability of health care is the No. 1 public concern.
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