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Krauthammer’s Take: Obamacare Repeal Not Dead, but ‘It’s a Little Early for a Resurrection’

Charles Krauthammer said that Republicans will take another shot at a health-care bill, but it will come later in the year when Obamacare rate hikes cause dissatisfaction.

I don’t think its dead in the long run, but I think it’s a little early for a resurrection . . . 

The distance between the moderates in the House Republican caucus and the conservatives, I think is too big, and it’s hard to see them agreeing. The distance between the Republicans and the Democrats is a chasm, as we saw. That letter by Schumer, by the Democrats, demanding that Trump essentially rescind his attempt to repeal Obamacare is a nonstarter that’s meant to humiliate the Republicans. And they actually hold the cards, it would be insane for them to acquiesce. I think August and September will be when the insurers publish their new rates for the Obamacare exchanges. That is when you get sticker shock, and that’s when I think we’ll get a dissipation of the current nostalgia for Obamacare.

It was remarkable how Obamacare rose in the polls during the recent debates; I think there will be a decline as a result of that.

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