There are now three Republicans who have declared they are not voting for the most recent Obamacare repeal. Barring a miracle, the replacement of Obamcare is effectively dead for a year.
The Republican Party’s seven-year crusade against Obamacare is effectively over.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced her opposition to the latest repeal effort on Monday, joining Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., to likely end any chance of the bill getting 50 votes in the Senate.
Now begin the recriminations over who is responsible.
The GOP’s failure can be traced to a single tactical blunder: the decision to repeal and replace Obamacare in a single bill — A decision, of course, that doomed the party’s efforts to do both.