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The Trump administration has begun with a major legislative failure to reconfigure the health-insurance system. So, in 1993, did the Clinton administration.
The difference? In Clinton’s case, the effort was to extend coverage, while in Trump’s case it was to squeeze coverage. The needle has moved. Most Americans now regard health insurance as a right and a necessity.
Note also that in both the Clinton and Trump failures, the legislation was drawn up largely behind closed doors. By contrast, Obama’s Affordable Care Act was enacted only after numerous hearings and consultations with members of the other party. Let’s hope that our ruling party learns that lesson.
Constance Hellyer, Seattle