GOP Healthcare Defeat Not a Surprise, Say Analysts

MEDPAGE TODAY | March 24, 2017
By Joyce Frieden (News Editor), and Shannon Firth
Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today

The House Republicans' proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) appeared to be doomed from the start, experts said.

"Other than being able to say 'We repealed Obamacare,' there was little upside to this bill," said David Howard, PhD, of Emory University, in Atlanta, in an email. "It threatened to further destabilize the individual insurance market, and the savings to the federal government were modest. It is hard to have a coherent reform that does not address all aspects of the ACA, which is impossible in the reconciliation process."

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