Paul Ryan: “Obamacare is the Law of the Land for the foreseeable future”

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In a devastating political upset, Republicans failed to reach the necessary votes to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare before its vote. Reports obtained by the Hill indicate that House Majority Speaker Paul Ryan went down on one knee to “plead with Representative Don Young” to support the measure.

One issue facing Republicans in these negotiations was a lack of unity in their own party. More conservative and moderate factions had individual reasons to gut the bill. Conservative members were disappointed that the bill didn’t go far enough in addressing their private sector values, while many Republicans worried that the new health care replacement proposal introduced would cause political damage as large numbers of individuals would lose their health insurance. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, 24 million Americans would be left uninsured. Moderates in the Republican Party felt this was a betrayal of Republican talking points leading up to the election that indicated that their plan who increase the numbers of Americans insured.

The state of health care reform is uncertain. Both parties are coalescing and there are signals to attempt bipartisanship. One aspect is clear, however: the fight for Health Care Reform is by no means over.  

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Paul Ryan: “Obamacare is the Law of the Land for the foreseeable future”