The Health Care Industry Doesn’t Love Obamacare Enough To Save It

“It’s not all-out warfare.”

The health care industry killed Hillarycare in the 1990s and cut deals to shape Obamacare more to its liking in 2009. But now, as Republicans push a sweeping and widely reviled health bill through Congress, the industry has often appeared declawed in the biggest health care fight of the decade.

It’s a deliberate strategy, interviews with nearly 20 lobbyists and other experts suggest. Health industry groups generally don’t love Obamacare enough to jeopardize their ability to shape the rest of the Republican agenda — including big corporate tax cuts. They also fear incurring White House retaliation.

The Trump administration has already leveled direct threats to cut off federal subsidies to health insurers and to go after the drug industry, and Republicans hold the purse strings for the federal programs that cover many of the patients seen by the nation’s doctors and hospitals.

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