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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Behind the Senate GOP’s high-stakes health-care gamble: Unrelenting criticism back home - The Washington Post





"Senate Republicans have made a calculated decision: Better to fail again trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act than not to try at all.



That bet, made out of fear rather than a sense that victory is any nearer than it has been all year, can be traced to this year’s August recess — the five-week stretch back home that immediately followed the Senate’s previous, failed attempt to overhaul the nation’s health-care laws. The late-summer break, distant as it already feels to many of us, remains fresh in some lawmakers’ minds.



It did not entail the kind of high-profile clashes at town halls that Democrats faced eight years ago as they began drafting the Affordable Care Act — or that House Republicans confronted at the start of the year, when their repeal effort took shape. Nevertheless, according to GOP senators and aides, Republicans faced an unrelenting barrage of confrontations with some of their closest supporters, donors and friends. The moments occurred in small gatherings that proved even more meaningful than a caustic town hall — at meetings with local business executives, at church, at parks....



Behind the Senate GOP’s high-stakes health-care gamble: Unrelenting criticism back home - The Washington Post

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