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Trump Uses Wiretap Accusation To Distract From Divided GOP

  • Calvin Wolf
  • Mar 6, 2017 5:19PM

For a political party that controls the federal government, the Republicans are in a surprisingly bad position. Instead of being able to use the rare control of the House, Senate, and Oval Office to herald a new dawn of conservatism, the GOP seems dangerously close to fracturing in a bout of political infighting: The Obamacare repeal, once one of biggest pillars of the Republican Party, now seems to be in jeopardy. Many Republican congressmen and Senators are facing an unexpected wave of anger from their constituents regarding the impending repeal, which could lead to several conservatives in the House defecting in order to win re-election.

Part of the anger, which is riling Republican Senators on Capitol Hill, is the fact that House Republicans have yet to release their draft of the long-awaited Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill. Pundits opine that the revealing of the bill, which should occur this week, will be quite contentious and may pit moderate Republicans against staunch conservatives. The roll-out of the new bill will also be complicated by Americans’ record-high approval of Obamacare and distrust of health insurance corporations

It’s virtually guaranteed that whatever the GOP unveils this week will ruffle lots of feathers… and feather-ruffling couldn’t come at a worse time.