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The Effort to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Isaac Goldenberg, Staff Writer

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Just after the presidential inauguration, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan confidently announced that House Republicans would soon be releasing their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

He promised that it would be widely liked and would receive more-than-sufficient votes from House members for approval.

After seven years of criticizing the ACA, a first attempt to repeal and replace the legislation failed on Capitol Hill.

The new healthcare plan, referred to as the American Health Care Act, only replaced certain aspects of the ACA. This raised the eyebrows of those who specifically voted for President Trump’s proposal to “completely” repeal and replace the ACA.

The new healthcare bill caused discontent from both the right and the left. Unsurprisingly, Democrats opposed the bill, as the vast majority approve of the current Affordable Care Act.

As for the GOP, every congressman supported the new bill on some level, except for the members of the Freedom Caucus. Led by Representative Mark Meadows, this group of far-right conservative congressmen believed that the new bill compromised too much.

The group felt that instead of replacing Obamacare, it should have been entirely repealed so that the government could return to policies from before it was enacted. Thus, the group did not give the bill its much-needed support.

This failure to act on a major campaign promise has been concerning for House Republicans, especially Speaker Ryan. However, according to Speaker Ryan, the fight to repeal and replace the ACA will continue.

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