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President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have pledged to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On May 4, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the ACA. In July, the Senate debated the AHCA, the Senate-drafted Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) and several other Republican-authored plans but failed to pass any of the proposals.  Since then, some Senators and Congressmen have suggested smaller bi-partisan changes to the ACA aimed at stabilizing its insurance marketplaces.

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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – August 2017: The Politics of ACA Repeal and Replace Efforts

Following the U.S. Senate’s failed vote on the “skinny repeal”, the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that the majority of the public say it is a “good thing” that the Senate did not pass the bill that would have repealed and replaced the ACA. A large share of Americans think President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the current health care law work and a majority of the public want to see bipartisan efforts to improve the 2010 health care law. However, about half of Republicans and Trump supporters would like to see Republicans in Congress keep working on a plan to repeal the ACA, and most Republicans and Trump supporters endorse using hard-ball tactics to encourage Democrats to start negotiating with President Trump on a replacement plan. The majority of the public are also unaware that health insurance companies choosing not to sell insurance plans or charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces only affect those who purchase their own insurance on these marketplaces.

Poll: Large Majority of the Public, Including Half of Republicans and Trump Supporters, Say the Administration Should Try to Make the Affordable Care Act Work

Most Republicans Are “Disappointed” But Not “Angry” That Repeal-and-Replace Legislation Did Not Pass Senate After the Senate’s failure to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that eight in 10 Americans (78%) say President Trump and his administration should do…

The ACA Stability “Crisis” In Perspective

In this column for Axios, Drew Altman presents new data analysis showing how many people are impacted by premium increases in the small group market, and discusses the implications. 

JAMA Forum: Has Obamacare Become Trumpcare?

With the effort to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act seemingly on hold or even dead, Larry Levitt discusses what the Trump administration could do to make the ACA successful – including providing clarity around individual mandate enforcement and cost-sharing reduction payments; maintaining outreach and consumer assistance; and encouraging insurers to participate in the individual insurance marketplaces. The post is now available at The JAMA Forum.

What’s the Near-Term Outlook for the Affordable Care Act?

If Congress abandons efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump has said he would “let Obamacare fail.” This Q&A examines what could happen to the individual insurance marketplaces if the ACA, also called “Obamacare,” remains the law and what it might mean to let Obamacare fail.

What’s the Near-Term Outlook for the Affordable Care Act?

With congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act on hold, a new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation answers questions about the current state of the 2010 health law, zeroing in on the individual insurance marketplaces that the law established. Questions addressed by the brief include: Is…

It’s Not Obamacare Anymore. It’s Our National Health-Care System.

In this Washington Post op-ed, Drew Altman and Larry Levitt discuss why the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed and what it will take for congress and the administration to address the next challenge, providing long-term stability to the ACA marketplaces.

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