The Red Divide
Republicans still can't get their act together:
As congressional leaders move forward with efforts to undo former President Barack Obama's health care law, conservative activists and GOP lawmakers are slamming the proposal as "Obamacare lite," ''Obamacare 2.0" and "RINOcare" — RINO standing for Republicans In Name Only, a term of derision.Democrats aren't the only ones in denial...
Swing state senators worry that their sickest and poorest constituents could lose access to health care. Republican governors fear that millions of people now covered by Medicaid could be dropped, a step the governors warn could hurt GOP candidates in their states.
"We've said all along, 'Work with the governors,'" said Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev. "Well, they came out with their own bill, which doesn't include anything that the governors have talked about."
Republican leaders hoped unified control of Washington would unite the party around years of campaign promises to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, cut taxes and slash regulations.
Instead, the celebratory weeks that followed Trump's victory seem to have been little more than a temporary cease-fire in a yearslong GOP civil war.
"There are people who haven't adjusted to the fact that we have a Republican president," said Michael Steel, a former top adviser to onetime Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who frequently tangled with tea party-aligned lawmakers. "These guys could wind up leading the cavalry charge straight into machine-gun fire."