Lamar Alexander

Uh-oh, the GOP has no choice but to work with Democrats on healthcare reform

Uh-oh, the GOP has no choice but to work with Democrats on healthcare reform

The sudden collapse of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell’s healthcare bill on Monday was much more than a tactical setback for the Senate Republican leader once considered an unbeatable legislative wizard. It was a catastrophic failure for the GOP’s attempt to make one-party government work. It’s one thing to produce gridlock when control of Congress is divided. When one party manages to produce gridlock all by itself, something is seriously wrong. The setback means that Obamacare will almost certainly survive for the foreseeable future, despite seven years of GOP promises to repeal it.

McConnell and his allies clearly overestimated the cohesion of their fragile 52-seat majority in...

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