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How moderate Republicans disappeared from health policy

House Speaker Paul Ryan
House Speaker Paul Ryan during the 2017 health care debate. (Photo:Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The past decade's health care wars have pushed Republicans to the right, squeezing out moderates who see some acceptable role for the federal government.

Why it matters: More health care wars are coming, and the parties are only moving further away from each other. By demonizing so many policy ideas as "Obamacare-lite," the GOP has left itself with fewer policy alternatives and less room to compromise.