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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Obamacare Took Months to Craft; Repeal May Be Much Swifter - The New York Times





"The Republicans’ bill is indeed much shorter than the Affordable Care Act. With one paragraph of their bill, they can obliterate 10 or 20 pages of the law. One of their chief goals is to eliminate detailed federal standards, like those that define the permissible value of insurance plans — bronze, silver, gold and platinum.



Another previous complaint by Republicans seems to apply now. For years, Republicans have reminded voters that the Affordable Care Act passed without any Republican votes. If they now repeal it, they are unlikely to have a single Democrat with them.



In 2009, Democratic senators negotiated with Republicans for months in hopes of finding common ground, but Republicans now do not expect any help from Democrats.



“We’re not going to do this with Democrats,” said Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican.



In remarks prepared for the Ways and Means Committee meeting on Wednesday, Representative Sander M. Levin, Democrat of Michigan, said: “Bad process makes for bad policy. And the process we are using today is not only bad; it’s reckless. Almost no time to review the bill, no hearings on the bill, no C.B.O. estimate of the cost or coverage impact — this is legislative malpractice.”



Obamacare Took Months to Craft; Repeal May Be Much Swifter - The New York Times

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