Levitt L. The Health Care Law That Continues to Escape Death. JAMA Forum Archive. Published online November 20, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2017.0052
During the debate this year over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some took to calling the Republican health care proposals “zombie bills” because such proposals kept coming back from apparent death—only to really die, at least for the time being, when the Senate lacked the votes for the latest proposal, the Graham-Cassidy bill.
Now, it’s the ACA itself that refuses to die, despite President Trump’s recent comment that, “It’s dead. It’s gone. It’s no longer—you shouldn’t even mention. It’s gone.”
The ACA survived this year’s debate with all of its benefits and requirements intact. But going into open enrollment for the ACA insurance marketplace—which began November 1 and runs through December 15—things have seemed touch and go, in large part because of actions and statements by the Trump administration.
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Larry Levitt, MPP Larry Levitt, MPP, is Executive Vice President for Health Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), overseeing KFF's policy work on Medicare, Medicaid, the health care market place, the Affordable Care Act, women's health, and global health...