The Dog That Almost Barked: What the ACA Repeal Fight Says about the Resilience of the American Welfare State

@article{Hacker2018TheDT,
  title={The Dog That Almost Barked: What the ACA Repeal Fight Says about the Resilience of the American Welfare State},
  author={J. Hacker and P. Pierson},
  journal={Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law},
  year={2018},
  volume={43},
  pages={551-577}
}
The 2017 GOP drive to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) arguably constituted the most ambitious effort to dismantle a social program in American history. Certainly it was the most ambitious to come so close to enactment, falling just three votes short in the Senate. According to an extensive body of scholarship, this near miss should have been nearly impossible. The political fallout associated with dismantling social programs, as well as their entrenchment in social and… Expand
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