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What Is It about 17 Percent?

There was a poll a while ago that had the House health-care bill at 17 percent. Now there’s a poll that has the Senate bill at 17 percent. Considering the source of this poll — NPR/PBS — you might want to take it with a grain of salt. But there’s no doubt that the Republican effort is unpopular, in part because it’s largely been an inside game with no one really making the public case (which is what the president usually would do in these circumstances) and the CBO numbers have been crushingly bad PR. As I noted last night, the Senate bill still has a fighting chance, but if Republicans pull this off it will be an extraordinary legislative feat in a truly forbidding political environment.