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Jonathan Swan Mar 24, 2017
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Breitbart plays up report of Steve Bannon privately dissing healthcare bill

It's telling that Steve Bannon hasn't shut down the report in New York magazine that he's privately panned the healthcare bill that's about to go to the floor. Here's what Gabe Sherman wrote:

'Publicly, Bannon has been working to help the bill pass. But privately he's talked it down in recent days. According to a source close to the White House, Bannon said that he's unhappy with the Ryan bill because it "doesn't drive down costs" and was "written by the insurance industry." While the bill strips away many of Obamacare's provisions, it does not go as far as Bannon would wish to "deconstruct the administrative state" in the realm of health care. Furthermore, Bannon has been distancing himself from the bill to insulate himself from political fallout of it failing. He's told people that Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn — a West Wing rival — has run point on it. (Bannon did not respond to a request for comment.)'

Also telling: Breitbart News has made the Sherman story its front page banner.

Bannon used to be chairman of Breitbart and could easily make his displeasure known to them. As of 10:40 a.m., that's not happened.

What's next: We don't know whether the bill will succeed or fail — neither does the White House — but you can take it to the bank that President Trump won't take responsibility for the failure if it dies on the floor today.