Maybe Health Care Was Impossible

Maybe Health Care Was Impossible
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On Obamacare repeal, the voting is over (for now) and the finger-pointing has begun. And boy, are there a lot of Republicans worth blaming over this one.

Yet here's an idea worth considering: Maybe the GOP just faced insurmountable obstacles. Sure, in theory there were enough Republicans in Congress to enact something if they all stuck together. But those Republicans varied immensely in what they (and their constituents) wanted from an Obamacare “repeal,” and to make matters worse, Senate rules took a lot of options off the table that could have been used to reach an agreement or at least put together a coherent policy. There's no denying that what happened Friday morning was humiliating, but there might have been no actual path to a genuine repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

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