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Establishment Republicans seek to adapt to a changing political landscape by pushing 'Obamacare lite

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) answers questions after a meeting of the House Republican caucus March 8 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered questions on the newly released American Health Care Act, the proposed Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Seven years ago this month, former President Barack Obama signed into law what would become his signature domestic achievement: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Ever since then, Republicans have run on the promise of repealing and replacing the law they see as a government takeover of health care, an industry that accounts for nearly one-sixth of the entire U.S. economy.

This week, Republicans in Congress introduced their long awaited replacement plan, the American Health Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan hailed the legislation as "what we as conservatives have been dreaming of for years." Other Republicans, though, see it as more of a nightmare.

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