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June 13, 2017

Building a Broader Consensus for Health Reform

Author Affiliations
  • 1American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2017;317(22):2273-2274. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.6689

Republican leaders in Congress are trying to pass legislation rolling back and replacing key features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without securing any Democratic support in the effort. On May 4, they succeeded in getting a bill known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) through the House, but the prospects for passage of a bill in the Senate are unclear; there are many different points of view that make it difficult to reach a consensus. It is also not clear that a bill that can pass the Senate can also pass in the House.1,2