GOP fears po­lit­i­cal fall­out af­ter health care ‘epic fail’

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NEW YORK — Weary Repub­li­cans in Wash­ing­ton may be ready to move on from health care, but con­ser­va­tives across the United States are warn­ing the GOP-led Congress not to aban­don its pledge to re­peal the Obama-era health law — or risk a po­lit­i­cal night­mare in next year’s elec­tions.

The Se­nate’s fail­ure this past week to pass re­peal leg­is­la­tion has out­raged the Repub­li­can base and trig­gered a new wave of fear. The stun­ning col­lapse has ex­posed a party so par­a­lyzed by ide­o­log­i­cal di­vi­sion that it could not de­liver on its top cam­paign pledge.

Af­ter de­vot­ing months to the de­bate and seven years to promis­ing to kill the Af­ford­able Care Act, Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, R-Ky., sim­ply said: “It’s time to move on.”

But that’s sim­ply not an op­tion for a con­ser­va­tive base en­er­gized by its op­po­si­tion to the health law. Lo­cal party lead­ers, ac­tivists and po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tives are pre­dict­ing pay­back for Repub­li­cans law­mak­ers if they don’t re­vive the fight.

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