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Volume 10: Health Insurance, Part V


The belly of the beast

American Health Care Act: A Requiem Mass

“Sometimes you’re playing Fantasy Football and sometimes you’re in the real game…This time, if we got it to the President’s desk, it would be signed.” – Joe Barton, R-TX

“Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” – Donald Trump

Presidents, especially those who control both Houses of Congress, usually get what they want.

We are in uncharted waters here. Twice, a President’s bill was brought confidently to the House of Representatives floor, only to be pulled just before a vote could be taken. For a President to not even get a vote on the first item on his legislative agenda is astounding. For a Party to spend seven years railing for a specific policy result, only to find themselves with no plan to achieve it begs understanding.

I’m not the first, and I won’t be the last to look back and try to make sense of this historic week in Congress. What does it mean going forward? We can break our study down into three parts: the policy, the process, and the future.

  • What was in the American Health Care Act? How would it have affected the system?

  • Why did it fail to pass the House?

  • What will happen to Obamacare now? What about the rest of the Administration’s agenda?

What was in the American Health Care Act? How would it have affected the system?