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Jonathan Bernstein

What's Next for the Republican Health-Care Bill

Mitch McConnell, take heart: It's not dead yet.
Something's still missing.

Something's still missing.

Photographer: Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg

How did Mitch McConnell finally come up with the votes -- 50 of the 52 Republicans plus the vice president to break the tie -- to begin Senate debate and the amendments process on a Republican health-care bill?

While it's hard to prove anything, Tuesday's big vote, like everything else that's happened so far since January, is consistent with the view that most Republicans in Congress believe this ends in failure, and (almost) all of them are scrambling to shift blame elsewhere. Which means it's still quite possible that they'll almost accidentally blame-shift their way into passing something none of them really want to see as law.