Partisan Gridlock Thwarts Effort to Alter Health Law

May 27, 2013 1:21 AM

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Partisan Gridlock Thwarts Effort to Alter Health Law

Speaking to Democrats, he puts on his empathy hat: The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Its goal of universal insurance coverage is laudable, but its unintended consequences will hurt the cause.

Almost no law as sprawling and consequential as the Affordable Care Act has passed without changes — significant structural changes or routine tweaks known as “technical corrections” — in subsequent months and years. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, for example, was fixed in the first months...

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