With the U.S. House of Representatives taking us one step closer to repealing the Affordable Care Act, most commonly known as “Obamacare,” I can’t help but hope this act won’t eventually lead to more Americans suffering than there already were.

Legislators voted 227-198 last week in favor of a budget that would allow a repeal bill to pass through the U.S. Senate without a filibuster by Democrats. Vice President-elect Mike Pence has said repeal of the Affordable Care Act would be the first act conducted under the President Donald Trump administration, which I feel is fine so long as a replacement is put in place so thousands — if not millions — of people are not left without health care coverage.

And apparently, I’m not the only one with this mindset.

A recent NPR article mentions most Americans actually are not in favor of repealing Obamacare, which honestly, I found a little surprising given how mostly everyone I talk to expresses disapproval of the health care law.

The poll, released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, reports that 75 percent of Americans want legislators to leave the Affordable Care Act alone, or repeal the piece of legislation only when a new health care law is in place, which currently there isn’t a “strong mandate” in place just yet.

Only 20 percent said they wanted the law nixed immediately.

“Most of the American people said they’re either against repealing it or they’re against repealing it unless Republicans put a replacement plan on the table,” Drew Altman, CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, said in the NPR article. “They want to see what comes next before they seen the ACA repealed.”

A report from the American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals last month noted a repeal could cost hospitals “hundreds of billions” of dollars. The report also recommended a reconsideration of the Affordable Care Act should be accompanied with provisions that promise similar coverage to people who would lose their health care insurance.

“People in this country need to understand what it is they’re being asked to substitute for what’s there now so they can have an informed opinion about whether it’s better or not,” Dr. Andrew Gurman, president of the American Medical Association, said in the NPR article.

Republicans have said while they intend to repeal the law, plans are to allow it time to sunset as they come up with a replacement.

Ultimately, that’s all I want.

Jeremy Nash is a reporter and staff writer for the News-Herald. Contact him at 865-986-6581 or by email at jeremy.nash@news-herald.net.