Analysis Of The Republicans Fold On Health Care

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Analysis of The Republicans Fold on Health Care On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected president of the United States of America. During this year, the United States faced a devastating economic recession. The unemployment rate in America was increasing significantly, so President Barack Obama began to analyze the health care system in place for the citizens of the United States. Two years after President Obama’s election a new form of health care was implemented, as stated in Healthcare Reform in America, “The 2010 health reform legislation, known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was the outcome of a push by the Obama administration to pass major healthcare reform legislation” (Kronenfeld, Jennie and Michael Kronenfeld 97). The…show more content…
In this instance, The Freedom Caucus rejected to pass the bill which would end the Affordable Care Act. This action by the Freedom Caucus demonstrates how the inner government functions. In order to repeal the act, “Republicans could afford to lose no more than 22 votes to achieve a majority, and in a statement at the White House Friday, Trump estimated that they were 10 to 15 votes short” (Berman). This occurred, because members of the Freedom Caucus opposed the bill. The chairman of the Appropriations committee, Rodney Frelinghuysen, opposed the bill as well. After the opposition of the bill by such a powerful committee, all hope for the repeal dwindled. This reveals the inner workings of the government by demonstrating how electorally vulnerable members will turn against his or her organization to protect his or her own position of power and how others will join the ban wagon to follow the most influential organizations or individuals within the government. In this situation, the representatives would rather go against a party leader than to risk his or her own reputation and attempt to escalate in the hierarchy of government simultaneously. A political culture can be described as the beliefs, attitudes, and values of how a government should operate. For America, liberty and equality are two fundamental values used to generalize the United States political culture. The situation described in this article is representative of this culture. Many Americans

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