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Vital Signs Who won and lost in the battle to repeal Obamacare 

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 By  Harris Meyer

President Trump blamed the Democrats but was angry at the Republicans and sounded like he was done with health care.

Although that quote reads like it could be part of the Republican repeal-and-replace assault against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it's actually from a 1949 editorial in The New York State Journal of Medicine denouncing health insurance itself.

According to the March 28, 2017, letter writer the solution to the healthcare "conundrum" is to have members of Congress participate in the same healthcare plan as the rest of us instead of their "very generous health-care plan with broad coverage" that "they get to keep for life" after being vested.

The two top Democratic leaders in Congress - Sen. We can drive down the costs of health care by bringing more Americans into the category of insured.

Should Schumer persist, Senate Republicans will exercise the "nuclear option", i.e., change the rules to allow debate to be cut off with 51 votes, and then elevate Gorsuch with their own slim majority.

By last week, just 17 percent of Americans supported the AHCA, which some dubbed "TrumpCare". When I began this blog many years back, I said that one of the guiding stars of my thinking about politics was found in Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s The Age of Jackson. The only way he can foresee progress is if the American people become "better informed and well-engaged citizens", which he hopes can be achieved through the launch of his new site, Tarbell.org.

This is the message, the frame, Democrats need to stick to: Tax reform should raise the revenue the common good requires, and we should get the bulk of that revenue from those who benefit most from the common country and economy we share. We get less for our health care dollar than most other places on Earth.

"There's a lot more to governing than just saying no", he added.

Equally regrettable is that Republicans appear to be giving up and moving on to other issues.

"Tens of millions believed it, and millions of us still do", Potter said.

Every year my rates, along with the cost of my company, go up. Before Ryan started meddling with it to try and placate the Freedom Caucus, the bill was already an astonishment of greed and cruelty. It have closed the door to the medicines, professional skills and sophisticated facilities of health care institutions in urban and rural communities that are life-savers. Insurers have to decide in the next few weeks whether to offer policies on the federal and state exchanges for 2018.

I do have concerns of the government, with all its bureaucracy controlling by health care. "People have coverage, but they don't have care", the Health and Human Services secretary likes to say.

Another reason is that it is so far reaching that supporters and critics alike consider it a pivotal element in the history of President Barack Obama, the nation's first Black commander-in-chief.

Republicans have shelved their plans to repeal Obamacare, so the sweeping health reform act remains the law of the land.

That sentiment was echoed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

According to Time, House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters outside the Thursday meeting that the GOP has been promising to repeal and replace of the ACA to the American people for seven and a half years, and that on the 24th that would finally be able to take place. And how do you shape the health care system to make it more efficient?

"The American people don't want us to repeal the law", he said.

Although the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, failed to attract enough votes to advance last week, the ideas contained within the bill have always been popular with conservatives and will likely be introduced again in the future, according to the authors of a new policy brief on the proposed legislation from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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