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Obamacare in the Trump Era: Where are we now, and where are we going?

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posted on 25.07.2018, 13:17 by Daniel Béland, Philip Rocco, Alex Waddan
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, is the most significant US social policy reform in half a century, and the most politically fractious. Since the law was signed by President Obama, Republicans have mobilised against it, using courts and state governments to undermine the implementation of the legislation, which was set to unfold gradually over a nine‐year period. As we describe in this article, however, the beginning of the Trump presidency in January 2017 marked a turning point in the politics of Obamacare. In the absence of Obama's veto, legislative retrenchment became a viable option for the first time. Yet, a combination of intra‐party conflict and opposition to repeal from key stakeholders doomed Republicans’ initial efforts. Nevertheless, we discuss several reasons to doubt Obamacare's political stability.

Funding

Daniel Béland acknowledges support from the Canada Research Chairs programme.

History

Citation

Political Quarterly, 2018

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of History, Politics and International Relations

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Political Quarterly

Publisher

Wiley for Political Quarterly Publishing Company

issn

0032-3179

eissn

1467-923X

Acceptance date

28/05/2018

Copyright date

2018

Available date

15/06/2019

Publisher version

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1467-923X.12527

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Language

en