You’d think that Republican leaders would have learned their lesson after a second failed attempt to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) — the Senate GOP’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act. It should come as no surprise that a bill drafted in secret — without holding a single public hearing or garnering the support of a single health-care stakeholder — would face widespread condemnation.
Nonetheless, once it became clear Tuesday that at least three Senate Republicans would block Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s last-ditch, repeal-only bill, President Trump tweeted petulantly that Republicans should just let Obamacare fail. Setting aside the fact that, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, ACA insurance markets are actually in the process of stabilizing, the last thing Americans need right now is for policymakers to double down on partisan political games.
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