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Francis Wilkinson

Why Republicans Will Pass Trumpcare

The GOP is getting what it wants. What loyalist would wish to resist that?
Stronger together.

Stronger together.

Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg

No one seems to like the Senate health-care bill. Liberal wonks detest it. At least four Republican Senators claim they aren't prepared to support it, while other colleagues grumble about it. The White House, whose chief executive promised he wouldn't cut Medicaid, as this bill does, is balking.

But the Senate bill is very similar to the bill passed last month by the House. And the reason for that similarity is pretty basic: Both bills accomplish what Republicans want.