I am not sure where the confusion comes from about Americans needing a "visa" to visit Europe. Even when you search ABC news articles, I don't see their stories specifically stating that Americans will need a VISA.
"As Americans head to crowded airports for a revival of European summer vacations, it looks like next year will be more expensive for those headed to the European Union.
A 7 euro fee, translating to $7.42, is expected to go into effect in May 2023 for foreign visitors aged 18 to 70 years old as part of a new European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), according to the European Commission.
As part of the system, travelers will have to apply for authorization through the official website or app before their trip abroad."
"Anyone looking to travel to Europe in 2024 should be aware of a new requirement that will go into effect for U.S. passport holders.
If you previously traveled to Europe without a visa, you will now need to apply for authorization through the European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS, before visiting."