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July 28, 2015

Improving and Refining the Affordable Care Act

Author Affiliations
  • 1Project Hope, Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA. 2015;314(4):339-340. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5468

Neither Republicans nor Democrats have spent much time, at least not in public, discussing changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that could refine or improve the legislation. Republicans have mostly focused on strategies to repeal the ACA, which, even with their control of the House and Senate, appears highly unlikely because they could not muster the 67 votes needed to override a presidential veto. Democrats, while privately acknowledging there are changes that could improve the legislation, have publicly devoted most of their energies to defending the ACA.

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