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Democratic Senate win in Alabama dims odds of new ACA repeal effort

The narrow victory of Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday dims GOP hopes of reviving their drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and cutting and block-granting Medicaid in 2018.

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While axing the ACA mandate, why not replace it with a different coverage incentive?

Establishing an alternative continuous coverage mechanism could soften the coverage losses from repealing the ACA's individual mandate as part of the GOP tax cut bill. But so far politics has gotten in the way of considering that.

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