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What They’re Saying: “The GOP Base Will Grow Frustrated And Dispirited”

A slew of new stories details the 2018 campaign implications of the Republicans’ health care failure: a “frustrated and dispirited” GOP base, “a broken promise to voters,” and after six months of total control of Washington GOP candidates still have nothing to run on. Meanwhile, polling shows that “voters are ready to blame Republicans for the rate hikes” and will hold them accountable for damaging America’s health care system.  

Here’s what they’re saying:    

Washington Post: A Republican Party at war with itself hits the wall on health care. “The failed promise to repeal and replace Obamacare surely will affect the mood and enthusiasm of the Republican base heading toward 2018…GOP lawmakers will have left them empty-handed, perhaps disillusioned. That will energize Democrats even more.”

Wall Street Journal: The ObamaCare Republicans. “This self-inflicted fiasco is one of the great political failures in recent U.S. history, and the damage will echo for years…The GOP’s liabilities now include a broken promise to voters; wasting seven months of a new Administration in order to not solve manifest health-care problems; less of a claim to be a governing party; and the harm that these abdications will wreak on the rest of the Republican agenda and maybe their hold on Congress.”

The Hill: The Memo: GOP forms circular firing squad. “The stark reality is that they have no major legislative achievement to show for their first six months in control of the White House, the House and the Senate…the GOP base will grow frustrated and dispirited by the lack of action.”

New York Times: ‘Let Obamacare Fail,’ Trump Says as G.O.P. Health Bill Collapses. “The collapse highlighted a harsh reality for Senate Republicans: While they freely assailed the health law when Mr. Obama occupied the White House, they could not come up with a workable plan to unwind it that would keep both moderate Republicans and conservatives on board. It was an enormous embarrassment.”

Washington Post: With health-bill collapse, Republicans face uncertain electoral future in 2018. “Polling, however, found most voters ready to blame Republicans for the rate hikes. An April survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 60 percent of voters opposed to using the subsidies as bargaining chips; even 28 percent of Republicans were opposed. Seventy-four percent of voters said they wanted the administration to ‘make the law work,’ and 64 percent said that ‘President Trump and Republicans in Congress’ would be accountable for ‘any problems.’”

National Journal: After Health Bill Failure, Can the GOP Govern?Republicans appear ready to break their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, fueling self-doubt about their mission six months into the Trump administration.”

Politico: GOP repeal foes face blowback. “The anger commenced not long after Tuesday’s collapse of the Senate GOP bill to replace Obamacare. The Senate Conservatives Fund promised to “identify, recruit, and fund conservative challengers” to GOP lawmakers who vote against a clean repeal…Arizona’s Flake is one of two Republicans up for reelection in 2018 who have been on the wrong side of President Trump since the fall. Along with Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, he appears likely to draw stiff primary competition next year.”

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