Health Care Will Be Back, So Fix the AHCA

Health Care Will Be Back, So Fix the AHCA
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The failure to move forward with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House of Representatives seems likely to postpone legislative activity on repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for some period of time. Still, it is premature to assume health care legislation won't be brought up again this year; there is too much instability in the individual insurance market under the ACA to expect the problem to resolve itself without a significant policy intervention.

Instead of walking away from the issue, Republican leaders should look again at the AHCA and correct the flaws that made it difficult to pass in the first place. The plan should also be adjusted with an eye toward attracting some level of bipartisan support.

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