Republicans' Struggles to Replace Obamacare Feel Like Deja Vu All Over Again


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bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-13/republicans-struggles-to-replace-obamacare-have-feel-of-deja-vu

Republicans in Congress are hitting roadblocks as they try to devise a plan to replace Obamacare, stuck over issues like how to structure tax breaks they want to give people to buy insurance.

The party stalemated on many of the same obstacles in 2014 during its most extensive effort to devise an alternative, according to lawmakers and aides involved with that effort.

Cantor, now with investment bank Moelis & Co., argues that GOP leaders failed to achieve consensus in 2014 because, with a guaranteed veto from then-President Barack Obama, they lacked a forcing mechanism to achieve consensus. But other Republicans see a potentially larger obstacle today: They have to live with the consequences of their actions.
“We’re firing with real bullets now,” said Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona.


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