The House GOP will re­gret this

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing the May 5 front-page ar­ti­cle “House ap­proves health-care bill”:

Shame on House Repub­li­cans who voted to re­peal Oba­macare. A heavy po­lit­i­cal price might be paid; in the words of Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Repub­li­cans “will rue the day.” While in the short run Repub­li­cans can de­clare a Pyrrhic vic­tory, boast­ing that the Repub­li­can-con­trolled Congress was able to pass a bill, in 2018, vot­ers in their dis­tricts will re­mem­ber that they voted for what sev­eral Repub­li­cans, most non­par­ti­san an­a­lysts and nearly ev­ery ma­jor health or­ga­ni­za­tion be­lieve is a bad pol­icy that will se­ri­ously hurt their con­stituents — and it’s leg­is­la­tion that likely won’t sur­vive in the Se­nate. Iron­i­cally, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) in 2009 crit­i­cized Democrats for try­ing to push through health-care leg­is­la­tion to meet an “ar­ti­fi­cial dead­line.” House Repub­li­cans haven’t learned a les­son from what hap­pened to President Barack Obama in the off-year elec­tion. A Demo­cratic-con­trolled House in 2018 now seems more prob­a­ble. Richard Cher­witz, Austin

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