Republicans Didn’t Understand Obamacare’s Problems—Or How to Fix Them

On Friday, House Republicans pulled their proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as ObamaCare) from consideration. Seven years of alarmist rhetoric over a law some elected Republicans considered the downfall of the republic came to nothing. It's a good thing, too. The Republican replacement plan was a profoundly broken piece of legislation that misunderstood the ACA's real problems, bungled their solutions, and continued a pattern of duplicity that has run through the entire repeal effort.