ACA repeal strategies taking shape as Congress returns from break

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Takeaway

  • Republicans in Congress are determined to make repealing the Affordable Care Act their first priority as they return to work.
  • Passing repeal legislation will be difficult because there aren't enough Republican votes in the Senate.
  • The most likely strategy will be to gut the main elements of Obamacare that are part of the budget bill, eliminating tax penalties for people who fail to buy health insurance and ending subsidies for buying health plans in the Obamacare exchanges.
Why this matters
  • Acting quickly to pull the rug out from under the health insurance exchanges risks leaving the insurance market in disarray and as many as 20 million people without coverage, critics argue.
  • The next question is how Republicans would restore the insurance market. There are a number of Repub...