Ever since the ACA was signed into law by President Obama, the Republicans have made it their primary promise to the country that they will repeal the Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as Obamacare). As a result of the election in November 2016, the Republicans are in full control of the government. There is nothing holding them back on keeping this promise. However, this repeal has not yet happened.
If you remember from 2010, the Democrats, after several months of debate and obstructionism, were able to piece together a sub-optimal and authoritarian piece of legislation and was able to pass it using various acts of legislative sleight of hand. Despite the fact that it was bad legislation, passing the ACA was a major accomplishment.
On the other hand, the passing of the ACA was a Pyrrhic victory for the Democrats. In 2010, they lost control of the House or Representatives. In 2014, they lost control of the Senate. Finally, in 2016, they lost control of the White House. They would have lost it in 2012, if the Republicans did not run the man who was credited for laying the foundation for the ACA.
The real question today is “Do the Republicans have the principles to make the same sacrifice?” In 2010, the Democrats fought hard for what they thought was right. In 2017 and possibly 2018, are the Republicans willing to fight just as hard? To be able to do what they are wanting, to repeal and replace the ACA, they are going to have to fight just as hard and be willing to suffer the same losses.
What is it going to be? Are they going to make the sacrifice or are they just sit back in safety and continue to complain about what they can change?