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Albert R. Hunt

Single-Payer Mania Is Actually Helping Republicans

Only Democrats can reverse the political effect of White House missteps on health care.
Sign of weakness.

Sign of weakness.

Photographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump's two-step gutting of the Affordable Care Act, ending cost-sharing for insurance companies, and allowing them to cover fewer medical conditions should be a political nightmare for Republicans.

That’s because the White House has miscalculated, apparently falling for the fantasy that it can sabotage Obamacare and then successfully pin the political blame for lost coverage on President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. Trump and some other Republicans have developed “Obamacare is imploding” as a talking point, trying to persuade Americans that the Affordable Care Act is collapsing under its own weight.