DOI: 10.1007/s10272-017-0684-5 Letter from America The debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – the 2010 law known to many as “Obamacare” – reached a crescendo on July 28. In the early hours of the morning, three Senate Republicans joined all of the body’s 48 Democrats to defeat the last in a string of “repeal and replace” bills of- fered by Republican leaders. The Senate vote effectively repudiated seven years of GOP efforts to dismantle the law and, more important, derailed the ﬁ rst such effort that featured a Republican president willing to sign what Congress passed. The vote’s failure will not end GOP attempts to undo Obamacare. President Trump has signaled he will try to cripple the law through administra- tive actions, and Republicans in Congress could regroup and try again. But this dramatic interlude does signal the end of the conceit that has dominated the past seven years – that Republicans have a viable alternative to the ACA that would, as Trump put it during the 2016 campaign, “take care of everybody…much better than they’re taken care of now.” Between Trump’s inauguration and McCain’s vote, it became clear Republicans had no such plan. Far from offering something
Intereconomics – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 10, 2017
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