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Repeal and Replace

  • G.O.P. Campaign to Repeal Obamacare Stalls on the Details New York Times by Robert Pear & Reed Abelson—Congress's rush to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, once seemingly unstoppable, is flagging badly as Republicans struggle to come up with a replacement and a key senator has declared that the effort is more a repair job than a demolition. The struggles and false starts have injected more uncertainty into insurance markets that thrive on stability.

  • Republicans Rebrand Obamacare Strategy From 'Repeal' to 'Repair' Bloomberg by Anna Edney, Billy House and Zachary Tracer—Some Republicans in Congress are starting to talk more about trying to "repair" Obamacare, rather than simply calling for "repeal and replace." There's good reason for that. Using the word repair "captures exactly what the large majority of the American people want," said Frank Luntz, a prominent Republican consultant and pollster who addressed GOP lawmakers at their retreat. 

  • For Rhode Island, Interstate Health Insurance Sales Didn't Pan Out NPR—Tuesday is the last day of open enrollment for health coverage for 2017 under the Affordable Care Act. And while Republicans in Congress are working to repeal the law, it's not at all clear what might replace it. During the campaign, President Trump suggested a nationwide insurance market that would allow insurance plans to be sold across state lines. The idea has been kicking around for years, and some states have tried it, including Rhode Island, where it didn't work too well. 

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