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Reviewing the American Health Care Act


I was going to write a lengthy post, critiquing the Republican establishment's idea to repeal the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) and replace it with the American Health Care Act (a.k.a..Trumpcare). I had a detailed post sketched out in my head for the whole thing.

Obamacare vs. Trumpcare. The Affordable Care Act vs. the American Health Care Act. It was going to be a beautiful, witty post.

Unfortunately, before I could finish actually writing my blog post on the Republican version of health care reform, John Oliver took to television. He promptly said everything that I was going to write.

Rather than repeat everything that John Oliver has already said about the American Health Care Act, I will simply embed his video above.

You win this round, John Oliver. You win this round.

I'm sure that the proposed American Health Care Act will evolve as it moves through the legislative process in Washington. I will have more to say about it as that happens.

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