Mike Allen Jun 28
The Senate’s health care time bomb
NPR and PBS NewsHour are out this morning with a Marist poll showing 17% approval of the Senate's healthcare plan, and 21% approval of the GOP's handling of health care. That may partly reflect how the question was asked.
- But it's a disgrace when your party controls the whole federal apparatus. And it shows the foreboding feat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell faces in trying to revive repeal-and-replace after his stunning gamble to punt the vote until after the July 4 break.
- The announcement was followed by a swarm of defections — opposition was suddenly cost-free.
- The lull gives more time for negotiation but, more likely, more time for opposition to metastasize and spook senators when they're home for the holiday.