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The Swamp Has Taken Over the Repeal of Obamacare

Originally Published in Washington Post on 6/30/17.

The “swamp” is winning. Republicans are now breaking frequent promises to repeal Obamacare.

Last week, the Senate Budget Committee rolled out the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the upper chamber’s version of Obamacare repeal. Except the bill only modifies Obamacare subsidies, bails out insurance companies, likely keeps Medicaid expansion and does nothing to lower premiums.

For more than seven years, Republicans ran on promises to repeal Obamacare. Voters gave the GOP a majority in the House in 2010, a majority in the Senate in 2014 and handed them control of the White House in 2016. One of the largest factors in each of these election cycles was a promise to repeal Obamacare.