How a conservative schism could break American health care

Is the GOP's divide on health care irreconcilable?

Republicans, chasing their tails.
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The GOP's ObamaCare replacement plan is universally hated, and rightly so. There are many reasons why the American Health Care Act is terrible, but the fundamental one is that Republicans don't agree about health care. There is a schism — and it has all the absoluteness and fervor of a religious split.

There are essentially two schools of thought on health care within the conservative movement, and they are simply hard to reconcile. And since no one in the Republican Party has shown the leadership required to resolve the split — either by bringing them together or making one side prevail over the other — we get the AHCA mess: a bill that tries to please everyone and thereby pleases no one.

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