Friday, August 4, 2017

It's Failing: Repeal May Have Stalled, But Obamacare is Still Falling Apart
Republicans on Capitol Hill are split on what, if any, steps should be taken to revive the Obamacare 'repeal and replace' push.  Some want to keep working on various plans that might attract 50 Senate votes as soon as possible.  Others lament that the process is effectively dead.  Still others favor a regular-order bipartisan process, through which compromise legislation could emerge.  That last camp features John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, all of whom voted with Democrats to kill off a "skinny repeal" bill that leaders promoted as a vehicle to advance the sausage-making to a bicameral conference committee.  The editors of the Wall Street Journal survey the new reality and argue that if Democrats expect Republicans to authorize bailout-style 'stability' funds to keep Obamacare's marketplaces from totally imploding, the GOP must extract some real concessions in exchange:

The Senate GOP’s health failure is a political debacle that will compound for years, and the first predictable fallout is already here: Republicans in Congress are under pressure to bail out the Obama Care exchanges, even as Donald Trump threatens to let them collapse. The GOP needs to get at least some reform in return if it’s going to save Democrats and insurers from their own failed policies...if Mr. Trump and the GOP are going to accept the political pain of rescuing insurers, they ought to get at least some reform in return...

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