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GOP fears subsidies would lock health law

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WASHINGTON — Roughly 48 million Americans remain without health insurance, a tally that could drop dramatically in coming months. So, for foes of the Affordable Care Act, time is running out.

Programs such as Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and welfare have a way of becoming entrenched and politically untouchable. And Republicans know it, adding urgency to their efforts to kill the landmark health care law, which offers subsidies for millions to help pay for insurance.

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