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Failure of their healthcare bill leaves Republicans running Obamacare. That could open the way for bipartisan changes

Failure of their healthcare bill leaves Republicans running Obamacare. That could open the way for bipartisan changes

Unable to kill the Affordable Care Act, Republicans may now have to fix it.

The White House and even GOP members of Congress risk a huge political backlash if they allow the healthcare law to come apart, as President Trump has predicted it will.

That leaves Republicans with a strong incentive to take steps to shore up Obamacare insurance markets, keep premiums in check and preserve consumer protections in a way that would be acceptable to both sides of the aisle in Congress.

“This may finally provide an opportunity to do this in a better way,” said G. William Hoagland, a former Senate Republican budget official who is now senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy...

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