GOP Gives Up On 7 Year Repeal Effort

7/18/17
 
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from CNN,
7/18/17:

7 uncomfortable truths for Republicans in the wake of the health care collapse.

The defections of Sens. Jerry Moran and Mike Lee late Monday night confirmed what smart congressional watchers had long suspected: The attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is dead. For now. And maybe forever.

In the wake of the collapse of the legislation, the Trump White House insisted it would fight on. The President sent this tweet just after 10 p.m. ET: “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!”

Talk to any Republican privately and they will tell you that there are simply no good options to turn this legislative lemon into lemonade. Below are seven hard realities Republicans need to face in the aftermath of this epic collapse.

1. There is no other, better bill

2. “Repeal then replace” isn’t likely to go anywhere

3. McConnell wants this to go away

4. House Republicans who voted for health care are WAY out on a limb

5. Obama leaving office was the worst thing that happened for repeal/replace advocates

6. Delaying the vote was a total killer

7. Trump never had any real idea about the policy

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