An “American entitlement” is difficult to walk back once its established, Jennifer Steinhauer with the New York Times writes, and Republicans are wrestling with a law whose roots have spread far and thick.
“In the beginning, many voters were with them, handing the Republican party some of the tools: a sweeping rejection of House Democrats in 2010 … followed by the Senate in 2014,” Steinhauer writes.
Republicans were faced with big hurdles, including the millions of Americans who had become insured under the law, and the Republican governors who began to favor the law.
“In red states where Mr. Obama and Democrats remain highly unpopular, the law’s reach into American lives could not be denied,” Steinhauer writes. “This was true for communities ravaged by the opioid crisis, which health care money helped treat; for rural states where hospitals had become all but dependent on increased Medicaid payments that covered the bulk of their patients; and for poor constituents with chronic medical conditions who had come to take it as an article of faith that their insurance companies could not deny them coverage for pre-existing conditions.”