(Bloomberg View) — Congress's failed effort to undoObamacare this year revealed an important political shift in theU.S.: Americans are no longer content to let people go withouthealth insurance. As the Affordable Care Act has taken root, mosthave come to believe the federal government has a responsibility tomake sure everyone is covered.

Republicans should take note: Another stab at destroyingObamacare is not what voters want. Instead, both parties shoulddedicate themselves to building on it — and, to that end, workis needed by the end of this month, when insurers are due to signcontracts to sell policies on the state exchanges next year.

To be sure, merely shoring up Obamacare won't bring universal coverage. The law has cut the numberof uninsured by half, but 26 million people remain withoutcoverage, and that number is expected to rise. To eliminate thisgap, big new initiatives are needed: automatic enrollment of theuninsured into subsidized, no-frills plans, for example, or stateprograms that let people buy Medicaid policies.

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