By Ronald J. Hansen and Dan Nowicki | The Republic
After years of calling for the dismantling of “Obamacare,” many Republicans have come to a stark realization. It might be all but impossible, politically, to do so while ignoring how it extended coverage to millions of uninsured Americans.
“If Republicans have accepted that everybody with pre-existing conditions are covered, that kind of dictates a lot of what you can and can’t do,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said, citing one of the key tenets of President Barack Obama’s signature 2010 health law.
“The debate has moved, certainly, from where it was seven years ago.”
“We cannot abandon any group of Americans who have become accustomed to receiving health care.”
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who attacked Affordable Care Act problems during his 2016 re-election campaign, said demands to just repeal the law are not feasible without a responsible replacement.