Congressional Republicans have never liked the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Come January, when they will control not only the House but also the Senate, they may finally be in a position to do something about it — and President Barack Obama has pledged to listen.

Outright repeal would be about as pointless and foolish as it was the last few dozen times (but really, who's counting?) the Republicans tried it. Better instead to repeal the one part of the Affordable Care Act that both parties see as problematic: the employer mandate.

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