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Nobody ever accused Trump of being a policy wonk, but it goes beyond misunderstanding to charge that “Under the Democrats’ plan, today’s Medicare would be forced to die.” (Photo: AP)

President Donald Trump once pledged to replace Obamacare with a system that would provide good health insurance for all Americans. His failure to devise such a plan became obvious during his first year in office, as he and the Republican Congress tried in vain to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Various alternatives were floated that would have only increased the number of Americans without health insurance.

Consequently, Americans turned against the idea of “repeal and replace,” and became wary of efforts to undermine Obamacare, especially its guarantee of access to insurance for people with pre-existing conditions. This has now turned into a big problem for Republican senators and representatives running for re-election.

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