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Jonathan Bernstein

Groundhog Day, But for Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

What’s really going on as House Republicans open a new round of health-care negotiations.
Over and over and over.

Over and over and over.

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I don't want to accuse anyone of insincerity as House Republicans scramble to revive their health care bill, talks which appear to be suspended until after the upcoming congressional recess. I'm sure most of the people involved -- from the White House to the House Freedom Caucus to the group of relatively moderate House conservatives to the Speaker and the rest of the Republican leadership -- would very much like to find a way to get the legislative job done. 

It's just that we already know their chances of succeeding are slim indeed, especially given what seems to be on the table and how much it would change in the Senate if it somehow passed. And surely most House Republicans know it, too.