With the results of the 2016 election now in the record books,Congress and the president are set to engage, for the second timein less than a decade, in a debate over the future of the health care system of the UnitedStates.

Donald Trump will be the fourth president in a row to enteroffice with his political party in at least nominal control of bothhouses of Congress. For the first time since Dwight Eisenhower waselected in 1952, an incoming Republican president saw his party winan absolute majority in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House ofRepresentatives. And one of the first items on President-electTrump's agenda will be the future the Patient Protection andAffordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the result of more than a yearof intense legislative debate that produced a bill that ran morethan 1,000 pages and has spawned tens of thousands of regulations,rulings and releases over the seven years since it was signed intolaw.

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