Any celebrations marking the first anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will no doubt be in part because the law has made it this far.
In the year since President Barack Obama signed the most significant healthcare legislation since Medicare was created in the Social Security Act of 1965, the Affordable Care Act seems far older than its age, as it continues to enter the American mainstream while simultaneously withstanding legislative and judicial attempts to kill it.
Just weeks after the Republicans assumed control of the new 112th Congress on Jan. 5, House members voted 245-189 to repeal the law. The next morning, the House approved a resolution that directs four committees to consider a dozen guidelines as they work on replacement legislation. The Senate, meanwhile, voted 51-47 against repeal in early February.