With his presidency off course, what will Trump learn from the health-care debacle?

Sixty-five days do not ultimately define a presidency, especially the first 65 of a new president’s first term. That’s as true for President Trump as for other presidents who suffered early setbacks. But without some serious stocktaking inside the White House after the failed effort to replace the Affordable Care […] Read more »

Why Wasn’t Obamacare Repealed? The Answer Is the Party, Not the President

… While it’s certainly true that both the president and the speaker made mistakes in handling the health care issue, it’s inaccurate to portray the demise of the AHCA as primarily a consequence of individual failures of leadership or strategy. … The real obstacle to the passage of health care […] Read more »

Trump Becomes Ensnared in Fiery G.O.P. Civil War

President Trump ignites a lot of fights, but the biggest defeat in his short time in the White House was the result of a long-running Republican civil war that had already humbled a generation of party leaders before him. A precedent-flouting president who believes that Washington’s usual rules and consequences […] Read more »

Here are 3 things we learned from Republicans’ failure to repeal Obamacare

The Republican campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ended abruptly Friday afternoon. Speaker Paul D. Ryan declared, after aborting a vote on the GOP plan, that “Obamacare is the law of the land.” The failure of the GOP campaign offers several lessons for understanding the first two […] Read more »

The Trouble With Killing Obamacare’s ‘Essential Health Benefits’

Get ready for the “mommy tax.” One of the most powerful arguments against House Republicans’ embattled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act has been that it imposes an “age tax” by raising health-insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses for older, working adults. To woo recalcitrant conservatives whose resistance forced the […] Read more »

Can Trumpism Last Without Minority Voters?

… One of Trump’s most frequently expressed goals is reconstructing the GOP as a “worker’s party” that appeals to blue-collar Americans across racial lines. Key Trump supporters recognize that building an enduring coalition will depend on attracting more working-class black, Hispanic, and other minority voters to the agenda of economic […] Read more »