Why the GOP’s biggest health care problem is its own policy paralysis


The Republicans’ health care plan, dubbed the American Health Care Act, was supposed to make the country more competitive in a global economy, but it’s been repeatedly blocked by the Senate, which has held a vote every month since March.

The latest round of the GOP effort came Monday, when Sen. Lisa Murkowski Lisa Ann MurkowskiFlake: I’m voting ‘no’ on Kavanaugh Senate Democrats increase pressure on Kavanaugh to testify again MORE (R-Alaska) announced she would vote no.

“While the bill’s path through the Senate is clear, it is clear that we cannot do what we want to do and the bill is a bad fit for Alaska,” Murkowski said.

“This bill is the wrong answer to the problem of rising health care costs and the bad direction that it is taking the country in.”

Republicans have been pushing for an overhaul of the nation’s health care system, and the House passed their version last week.

While the Senate passed the bill earlier this month, it failed to move to a conference committee with the White House and Democrats, and there is no guarantee that the legislation will be sent to President Trump Donald John TrumpTop consumer bureau official blasts colleague over blog posts dismissing racism Trump ‘baby blimp’ flies in Washington state for Pence visit House GOP leaders delay Kavanaugh confirmation for one-week MORE (D-Ohio) for his signature.

The House bill was amended by Murkowski, but was not enough to pass, and it remains unclear how many Senate Republicans would support the bill.

Murkowski, who has said she would support Trump in his 2020 reelection bid, has also made it clear that she is not backing the Senate bill.

She tweeted Sunday that she would be voting “no” on the legislation.

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