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The History of the Affordable Care Act

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Author's Note: The History of the Affordable Care Act

As I write this, the history of the ACA is still being written. How it will ultimately fare is a question of political will, legal wrangling and technical growing pains. I did my best to hit a moving, morphing target, and I hope you find the recap of where we are, how we got there and where we are currently heading as interesting as I did.

I think the major question historians will debate years from now is that of lost opportunity on both sides. The Republicans, by removing themselves from the negotiating table entirely, made passage more difficult but also lost any greater opportunity they might have had to shape the legislation. The Democrats, meanwhile, might have pushed to revive the public option at the 11th hour -- or gambled and lost their shaky coalition in the process.

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