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GOP Stuck in a ‘Lose-Lose’ Dilemma With Judge’s Obamacare Ruling

  • Republicans don’t have ready alternative to health-care law
  • Democrat mocks ‘the proverbial dog that caught the truck’
Stethoscopes hang in a nurses station in the emergency room at a hospital in Princeton, Illinois.

Stethoscopes hang in a nurses station in the emergency room at a hospital in Princeton, Illinois.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Congressional Republicans were handed the gift they said they wanted when a Texas judge invalidated Obamacare late last week. Yet few now seem willing to open it.

After spending the eight years since the law passed promising -- and failing -- to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are no closer to crafting a politically viable alternative to the law, which has gained favor with voters and has transformed the nation’s health-care system.