Trump now wants to gamble his presidency and his party on the strength of his salesmanship

President Trump claims he wants to do with the Affordable Care Act what he’d done several times with his businesses: Let it fail and move on. … But health care is not like an Atlantic City casino. Its failure would have massive, hard-to-predict repercussions. And the negative effects of that […] Read more »

A Republican Party at war with itself hits the wall on health care

By any measure, the collapse of the Senate health-care bill represents an epic failure for the Republican Party and a major embarrassment for President Trump. The crusade that animated — and bound — conservatives for seven years proved to be a mirage, an objective without a solution. Power comes with […] Read more »

The Demise of the Health Care Bill Shows That Policy Still Matters

Over the past few years, it’s become fashionable among many political experts to deny that policy substance plays much of a role in motivating the electoral choices of the American public. The dominant picture of citizen behavior in contemporary accounts is that of a crude tribalism, in which individuals’ salient […] Read more »

Trump’s historically low approval ratings could spell trouble for Republicans

A round of new polls show historically low support for President Trump has slipped further since the spring. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to discuss the president’s numbers, and how Americans see the Senate Republicans’ fight over the health care […] Read more »