Repeal vs. repair: Lawmakers debate health care


As the push to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election continues, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pivoting to policy, promoting dueling messages on the future of health care. 

On Monday, the Trump administration made a new move to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The next day, Democrats introduced a bill to expand the ACA’s benefits and tweak some features. 

The stark debate is beginning to take shape on the campaign trail, with Democratic presidential candidates appearing to converge on a plan to offer a public option to consumers that competes with existing private loans. 

The bill will get a vote in the House, but as a package, it has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate. However, some elements have bipartisan support and may make it into law.

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