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The Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare is working, maybe not perfectly by any means, but working enough that the enrollees have coverage. The Trump administration campaigned that it would repeal and replace Obamacare from day one in office. Obamacare is still standing to date, partly because the most telling insight is the realization that policy makers are not necessarily focused on how real people will be affected by changes to Obamacare but rather on how the changes will affect their own re-election chances. (Milstead, J.A & Short, N.M. 2019). How else can one explain the fact that a party campaigns on a very specific policy, and then, after gaining control of the White House, Senate, and House struggle to deliver it?
Just like Dr. Krebs reminded us that the number one job of a legislator is to be re-elected, it is very true as we know that politicians are very skillful, none is ready to give up losing their elections for Obamacare. It is taking a long time to repeal and replace Obamacare because it is political. Many Republicans and their constituents like certain parts of the Health care, for example, young adults staying on their parents’ insurance plan until 26. (Kaiser Health News). These young adults have a voice in elections as well and the legislators are very aware of it. Election results do matter but it is very important to know that the threat of an upcoming election affects what policymakers are willing to do. If the policymakers view their votes to be compromised, it will definitely affect their decisions or positions in national policies.