by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
House Republicans, bedeviled by mistrust, infighting and influential outside forces, are struggling to advance an Obamacare repeal package and prove that their majority can deliver results.
The American Health Care Act, on the surface, is bogged down over a debate about whether the bill provides adequate coverage guarantees for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions.
But veteran House Republicans said in interviews Tuesday that their problems run deeper. They lack the unity, mindset and political will to make the hard choices required to govern.
The healthcare breakdown is just another symptom of this broader political virus that seems immune to all antibodies, including President Trump, the Republican who took up residence in the White House in January.
“The failure here has not been in our leadership, it’s certainly not been in the president, it’s been in our inability to overcome our own differences and our lack of trust in one another,” Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. said.