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Letter: Failure to repeal, replace reflects poorly on GOP

The recent catastrophic defeat of the Republican bill to "repeal and replace" Obamacare doesn't reflect well on those now in charge in Washington.

Paul Ryan and his minions have had seven years to come up with an acceptable alternative for healthcare, yet couldn't do better than what they offered? Throw millions of people off health insurance, cut Medicaid for poor folks and allow insurers to limit a number of benefits, including opioid treatment. No wonder some of the more moderate Republicans balked.

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But there's more. The House Freedom Caucus, who represent the right wing of the GOP, thought the bill didn't go far enough in taking healthcare from Americans. What was poor Paul to do?

Well, he got President Trump, the Great Negotiator, to try to save the day. The man who published "The Art of the Deal" tried to get a deal. He blustered, cajoled and threatened recalcitrant Congressional Republicans. No deal. In fairness, Trump did note earlier how complicated healthcare is. Who knew?

So what did "Repeal and Replace" accomplish? Well, it scared millions of Americans, including a lot of Trump voters, that they'd lose vital access to healthcare. And it proved that the Republicans make a fearsome Party of No, but don't seem to have a clue on how to govern this nation.

Now these geniuses will try to tackle tax reform and international trade. That shouldn't be too hard.

Frank Rammes

Westminster

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