– Robert Pear, “Republicans, Aiming to Kill Health Law, Also Work to Shore It Up,” The New York Times online, Feb. 12, 2017
HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA): “After denouncing the Affordable Care Act as an abomination for seven years, Republicans in Congress, working with the Trump administration, are urgently seeking ways to shore up health insurance marketplaces created by the law.
While President Trump said as a candidate that ‘Obamacare is certain to collapse of its own weight,’ Republicans fear such an outcome because, now that the fate of the health law is in their hands, they could be blamed by consumers and Democrats.
The administration is poised to issue a proposed regulation to try to stabilize insurance markets, and House Republicans are drafting legislation with a similar purpose. The regulation and the bills are intended to hold down insurance premiums and to lure insurers back into the public marketplaces from which they have withdrawn in the past couple of years.”