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In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito speaks at Roger Williams University Law School in Bristol, R.I. Massive government surveillance of Americans' phone and internet activity is drawing protests from civil liberties groups, but major legal obstacles stand in the way of any full-blown court hearing on the practice. Among them: government claims that national security secrets will be revealed if the cases are allowed to proceed. The Supreme Court, where several justices have written about complex issues of privacy in the digital age, could be the ultimate stop for such lawsuits. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Donald Trump and fellow Republicans pounced when the federal government announced this week that premiums under the Affordable Care Act will increase an average 25 percent next year. The repeal-and-replace crowd returned to center stage, though, again, without a workable alternative. What they get right is that the act requires repairs, something about which Hillary Clinton readily agrees, the Democratic presidential candidate even with ideas about how to do so.