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How Growing Public Support For Obamacare Tripped Up The Republicans

The Affordable Care Act should have been easy to get rid of, considering how many Americans held a low opinion of it when Republicans came into office. But a shifting tide of support has been one of the things that has complicated matters.

The Wall Street Journal: Shifting Views On Health Law Challenge GOP
Obamacare had been unpopular for at least the past four years, opinion surveys shows, suggesting that their move to change the law would draw public support. But the Senate action comes amid increased public backing for the 2010 health law—as well as for the idea that the government should play a role in helping people obtain health insurance. That is one reason that moving an overhaul of the law through Congress has been so balky for the GOP. (Chinni, 7/25)

The New York Times Fact Check: For Trump’s ‘Victims’ Of Obamacare, Senate Bill May Be Worse
Ahead of a Senate vote to begin debate over health care, President Trump pressed Republicans on Monday afternoon to fulfill their seven-year promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, surrounded by families whom he characterized as “victims” of the law.“ For 17 years, Obamacare has wreaked havoc on the lives of innocent, hard-working Americans,” he mistakenly said of the law, passed in 2010, before listing “terrific reforms” in the Senate bill. Here’s an assessment. (Qui, 7/25)

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