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27 March 2017 - Donald Trump's Healthcare Failure

How Trump's health care loss will shape his presidency
Stephen Collinson and Jeremy Diamond (CNN, 27/03/2017)

The fate of Donald Trump's presidency may hinge on what he does next.

His failure to convert the core campaign promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare -- even with a GOP monopoly on power in Washington -- has left the White House reeling.

Trump and his advisers must now regroup and try to figure out how to avoid another legislative debacle on their next big issue, tax reform. They will do so knowing that a second failure could throttle his presidency.

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Trumpcare
 
The Death Of Trumpcare Is The Ultimate Proof Of Obamacare’s Historic Accomplishment
Jonathan Cohn (The Huffington Post, 26/03/2017)
 
The Affordable Care Act overcame the tea party protests of 2009 and the Democrats losing their filibuster-proof Senate majority in 2010. It survived two challenges in front of the Supreme Court and the calamitous rollout of healthcare.gov.

Now it has withstood the attempt to replace it with the American Health Care Act, better known as Trumpcare.

Somehow, despite the intense political forces arrayed against it, and the mind-boggling policy problems it tries to solve, the 2010 health care law keeps defying efforts to wipe it out. That says something about the people who wrote it ― and what they have achieved.

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Donald Trump and Paul Ryan
 
The lessons Trump and Ryan failed to learn from history
E.J. Dionne Jr. (The Washington Post, 26/03/2017)

If President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) had paid attention to Mitt Romney, they could have avoided the fiasco of their now dead and unmourned health-care bill. They would not now face a situation in which both of them are being blamed because they both deserve to be. And the Republican Party would not be engulfed in a festival of recriminations.

I speak here of the Romney who, in 2006 as governor of Massachusetts, saw government’s job as coming up with business-friendly solutions to problems the market couldn’t solve on its own. Believe it or not, Republicans once upon a time believed in more than tax cuts and deregulation.

And so Romney worked with Democrats to pass the Massachusetts health-care plan which, he explained, was entirely within his party’s philosophical wheelhouse: “The Republican approach is to say, ‘You know what? Everybody should have insurance. They should pay what they can afford to pay. If they need help, we will be there to help them, but no more free ride.’ ”

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Ending the Repeal Effort

Trump's new health care opportunity: Our view
The Editorial Board (USA Today, 26/03/2017)

President Trump says he has a new strategy to address problems with the Affordable Care Act. He is going to wait "to let Obamacare explode" and then wait some more to let the Democrats "come to us" so we can "make one beautiful deal for the people."

But that is not a new strategy. It is waiting that created Friday's legislative disaster in which Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan poured all their political capital into a failed effort to repeal the 7-year-old law, only to have to abort the mission at the last minute.

When Democrats united to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Republicans united in opposition but did not rush to come up with a plan of their own. Since taking control of the House 2011 and Senate in 2014, they have voted to repeal, weaken or delay the ACA dozens of times. But still they did not rush to come up with an alternative plan. When Trump rallied voters to win the presidency last year, he united them with vows to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. And neither he nor his transition team rushed to come up with an alternative. Trump and Ryan's American Health Care Act was 18 days old when House Republicans killed it.

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