Fix the ACA, don’t repeal it

Republicans’ rallying cry of “repeal Obamacare” is more problematic than powerful these days. The passage of time will do that to a cause.

It has been five years since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, and much of the nation’s health insurance infrastructure has been replaced and reshaped since then. Repealing in the first year or two wouldn’t have been so disruptive, but now there is the logistical dilemma of what to do with the millions of people who bought insurance coverage through the health exchanges.

Perhaps an even bigger obstacle is that most Americans like some of the basic concepts of Obamacare: that people with pre-existing conditions can’t be denied coverage, that policies can’t be canceled because of an illness, and that children can stay on their parents’ policies until age 26.

Five years later, talk of repeal is a scary concept, with the potential for people in need to get hurt. Obamacare is far from perfect. But instead of trying to repeal it, Republicans would be wise to focus on fixing the broken parts.