Magazine February 6, 2017, Issue

A Risky Obamacare Strategy

(Roman Genn)
Republicans are neglecting ‘replace’

For nearly seven years, Republicans have been saying that they would repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as they had the power to do it. Now they have the White House and majorities in both houses of Congress, but appear not to have any viable strategy for making good on that promise.

The elusiveness of that strategy follows from the many constraints under which Republicans are operating. Here are six. One: A lot of people who voted for Republicans want to see the end of Obamacare, for both philosophical and practical reasons. Two: A lot of them — sometimes the same …

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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