Now that the GOP health care replacement effort has failed, theblame game has begun.

The National Center for Public Policy Research's Free EnterpriseProject says the failure of the U.S. Senate to reach a consensuson the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Actis thefault of the health insurance and pharmaceuticalindustries.

The conservative shareholder activist organizationcontends those industries worked to promote and craft the 2010law “to benefit their bottom lines,” but now that the ACA exchangesare struggling, the businesses “can't be bothered to promotepolicies that would benefit the American people.”

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.