Tuesday, April 04, 2017

3 lessons from Republicans’ failure to repeal Obamacare

Lee Drutman · Monday, March 27, 2017, 1:44 pm

All signs point to a hard road ahead for the GOP.

Republicans’ failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act is now receding into the rearview mirror. So it's a good time to take stock. What lessons have we learned? And what do these lessons tell us about what to expect going forward?

Here are my three lessons:

1) Policy capacity and expertise matter.

2) Lobbying matters.

3) The GOP civil war really is real.

In a sense, these are all things we should have known all along. But they continue to be relevant. Taken together, these lessons tell us that Republicans are going to have a hard, hard road ahead.

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