Essay On Obamacare

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In an article published by The Atlantic, the main topic being discussed is the Republican Party’s inability to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The political actors involved in the repeal of Obamacare are the Republicans who are wanting to repeal the act, the Democratic party who is fighting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, as well as President Trump and GOP leaders who are trying to influence votes. The Republican Party was faced with difficulty gaining numbers in support for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. This is shocking considering that the Republican party was “Handed unified control of the federal government for only the third time since World War II” (Berman 2017). This statement alone shows the overwhelming…show more content…
The White House and GOP leaders asked and attempted to persuade whoever they could to vote in favor of Obamacare’s repeal, but the problem was that there were very few party members who were willing to begin supporting a bill that they had already publicly ridiculed. It would make them look unreliable and easily persuaded. In the article an interview by Representative Tom Rooney of Florida is quoted. Rooney states, “I’ve been in this job eight years, and I’m wracking my brain to think of one thing our party has done that’s been something positive, that’s been something other than stopping something else from happening.” This statement is very telling of the state of the Republican party. He believes that the focus behind the party’s goals has been lost and that the party has been lacking a major victory. The party cannot be taken seriously until they are able to rally together and accomplish something as a cohesive unit that does not require persuasion from GOP leaders and even the President.
How the repeal of Obamacare did in the House of Representatives is very representative of the current culture of the United States. American political culture is based off a number of core ideals and values, and right now it can be said that the country as a whole is facing severe division. Not all Americans share the same views, but a large majority adheres to the same general ideals.

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