Me at healthinsurance.org:
ACA sought to combine the best Democratic and Republican ideas in an ideologically moderate, fiscally disciplined package. Perhaps that was the fundamental political error.
Republicans will indeed have great difficulty unwinding ACA without causing a human catastrophe for which they would pay dearly. If Democrats paid a heavy political penalty for â€œowningâ€ health policy in the Obama years, Republicans will pay a similar penalty if they damage things while they control all three branches of the federal government. As Iâ€™ve noted elsewhere, Republicans resemble the bear who caught the car. The car wonâ€™t emerge unscathed, but the bear will probably regret catching up. Although the electorate divides along partisan lines in their overall assessment of ACA, Americans support almost every individual element of ACA. There is no way to repeal it without doing unpopular things and visibly hurting real people along the way.