A newly elected president who campaigned on significant changes to the nation’s health laws assumes office with his party controlling both houses of Congress. No problem, right? In 2009, President Barack Obama may have thought the same thing, but after 14 months and the use of an arcane procedural rule to get around a Senate filibuster, he finally signed the Affordable Care Act into law.
Fast forward eight years, and President Donald Trump and the leaders of the Republican-controlled House and Senate have started down the path of repealing the ACA. On Monday the House leadership unveiled its American Health Care Act, which Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) dubbed as not just a bill to repeal and replace the ACA, “but to drive down costs, encourage competition, and give every American access to quality, affordable health insurance.”
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