The only thing that can save the GOP from being sunk by its Obamacare repeal is the Democrats' embrace of a single-payer scheme.
Health care was the making of the current Republican congressional majorities and a key factor in Donald Trump's victory. But with the GOP sinking under the weight of its unpopular efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, it could well become the factor that breaks the party. Unless, that is, Democrats save Republicans from themselves by following the Bernie Sanders wing of their party off the proverbial cliff.
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At the moment, members of the Republican caucus are behaving pretty much the same way Democrats did in 2010. They are shunning town-hall meetings lest they get tarred and feathered by angry constituents. With the party divided between those who think the repeal goes too far and those who think it doesn't go far enough, the issue has become a cudgel that Democrats are using to their advantage. As the 2018 election cycle approaches, that problem may only get worse. This time, it could be Republicans who will have to defend an unpopular bill and who will be blamed for rising insurance premiums — even if, as they will argue, the collapse of Obamacare is the fault of its architects rather than those who wish to undo it. The result could be a stunning reversal of fortune that puts Nancy Pelosi back in the speaker's chair.
Anger about the passage of Obamacare helped Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in 2010. Then, in 2014, the shaky rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the realization that President Obama was lying when he promised many times that consumers could keep their plans and doctors if they liked them helped the GOP take the Senate. And though their repeated futile attempts to repeal the law while Obama was in the White House got them nowhere, the slow-motion collapse of the law ensured that it remained unpopular.