Observations Yankee Doodling

As 2017 ends, Obamacare is still not safe

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5630 (Published 05 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5630
  1. Douglas Kamerow, senior scholar, Robert Graham Center for policy studies in primary care, professor of family medicine at Georgetown University, and associate editor, The BMJ
  1. dkamerow{at}aafp.org

Despite the Congressional repeal failures, coverage is threatened for many

When Donald Trump took office in January, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) was one of his primary stated aims.1 So let’s review this year’s “progress.”

The House of Representatives wasted no time in trying to repeal the ACA. On 6 March House Republicans released a proposal to undo Obamacare, only to pull their bill two weeks later. They reintroduced another bill, however, and it passed on 4 May.2 That bill then sat for the rest of the year, waiting for the Senate to pass something similar.3

Senate Republicans introduced their own repeal bill on 22 June. For the bill to succeed in their closely divided body they …

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