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GOP's Failure on Healthcare Empowers Nancy Pelosi

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By    |   Monday, 27 Mar 2017 09:25 AM

The failure of the Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare in the House of Representatives despite a 44-seat advantage in the chamber has unified Democrats around Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Politico reported on Monday.

Democrats have been struggling to come together since they were soundly defeated in the elections for both the White House and Congress. The upset also signaled the end of the GOP's  need to court Pelosi for her ability to deliver Democratic votes on crucial issues for their agenda.

But the Republican inability to pass their healthcare bill, despite the party's solid majority in the House, suggests that the demise of Pelosi's relevance may have been overstated.

Since the GOP's divisions are not likely to end anytime soon, President Donald Trump's ability to further his agenda on such issues as tax reform to a massive infrastructure package — or even keeping the government running when funding runs out in April — might very well depend on support from Pelosi.

The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson suggests Trump should work with Pelosi to forge a reformed health system that could combine the best proposals from each party. Although he admits that this would raise objections in both parties and could take a long time, it is also the surest path to creating a bill that could be passed, and that strategy might work on other issues as well.

However, Politico points out that there are several other ways other than dealing directly with Pelosi that Trump could pursue, such as picking off conservative-leaning Democrats or try again with a Republican-only strategy.

Despite the criticism against Pelosi, even within her own party, that at 77 and in the position since 2003 she cannot bring the fresh ideas that Democrats need, her supporters point out that this latest turn of events demonstrates that her experience is very much needed to conduct the battles in Congress with a weakened hand.

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The failure of the Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare in the House of Representatives despite a 44-seat advantage in the chamber has unified Democrats around Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Politico reported on Monday.
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