But their efforts have only increased support form Americans for the law….
Republicans in the Trump admin, Congress and some states have tried to nickel and dime changes that would nullify the laws protections…
The Affordable Care Act turns 9 years old Saturday, and, in some respects, the program has never been more secure.
Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives in November, and with it they lost the ability to pass legislation repealing Obamacare. They might regain that ability someday, maybe even in 2021 if political circumstances are favorable enough. But the repeal effort was highly unpopular and possibly the single biggest reason Republicans lost as many seats as they did. GOP leaders in Washington aren’t going to try again without thinking about that backlash.
But even before Sen. John McCain made the thumbs-down gesture that still has President Donald Trump so worked up, Republicans were finding ways other than national legislation to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
Their goal is to create a health care system in which government does a lot less to help people get medical coverage and in which insurers can operate without so much regulation. The Republicans have made significant headway, and now they are on the verge of making more, although how much more depends in part on how hard the law’s defenders fight back…..
Donald Trump once said he would protect the benefits of the program….
That was then…..