The Republican healthcare bill is dead. Now the blame game starts (Glass op-ed)

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Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Franklin Center Director of Policy and Outreach Kevin Glass weighs in on the downfall of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the causes for its collapse in a Washington Examiner Op-Ed:

That Republican leadership would neglect to get all its ducks in a row on Obamacare repeal, after having seven years to come up with something they could support, was a governing gaffe of epic proportions. Republican leadership let the AHCA debacle go on for too long before shelving it. But it was better than suffering the indignity of losing a floor vote, which would have been a defeat that Obamacare repeal may not have been able to recover from. This blow, however, is going to be substantial.

There’s blame to go around everywhere here: Ryan and the rest of GOP leadership for pressing so far forward with such a flawed bill; Trump for playing both sides, risking his own capital while appearing so disinterested; a Republican caucus that refused to get on the same page for so long. AHCA was just a massive unforced error: Democrats didn’t lift a finger, and the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare went down in flames.

Click here for the full piece in the Washington Examiner.

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