Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The GOP health care debacle, explained, amidst the Chaos

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Reince Priebus being out is news. But health care policy collapse >>>>> soap opera in the WH. Trump is still President, so failure is intrinsic to the administration.

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Vann Newkirk II/Atlantic:

The seeds of McConnell’s failure were planted way back in January, when House Republicans finally began to deliver on seven years of promises on repealing Obamacare. The first signs of inter-party discontent came with the earliest decisions as a new governing party, as GOP leaders couldn’t decide whether they wanted to just repeal Obamacare altogether—and thus absorb the political risks of something on the order of 30 million uninsured people—or use the opportunity to replace Obamacare with a more conservative health-care paradigm. They weren’t helped by the fact that President Trump displayed Heisenberg-like uncertainty regarding the White House’s official stance on that front.

In the end, ambition won out, and House Speaker Paul Ryan began the task of reshaping the U.S. health care system in the GOP’s image. And despite having almost a decade to trial-balloon policy alternatives and develop an ideological braintrust to achieve his “Better Way,” the effort highlighted just how woefully underprepared Republicans were.

I’m not at all surprised the GOP health care effort from the GOP failed.  Collins and Murkowski were solid, and give the women their due. i wasn’t expecting McCain to be by himself, thought others would join him. But the GOP simply didn’t trust itself enough to make this work. It’s a huge fail for McConnell and Ryan. Watch Trump run from them now. But who will protect him if he does?