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Republicans Aim to Win the Health-Care Blame Game

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Would we call that enthusiasm?

Would we call that enthusiasm?

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What to make of the seeming momentum for a Republican health-care bill in the Senate? 

On the one hand, a bit of caution might be in order. There still isn't a bill. There isn't a Congressional Budget Office score. Republicans must keep their relative moderates on board without losing the most conservative senators; they may be achieving that, and they're still a few steps away from that. It wouldn't be the first time that a bill seemed to have momentum only to fall short once the actual votes were counted.