AP Poll: Trump approval battered by health care battle

After years of fervent promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders buckled at a moment of truth, putting off a planned showdown vote in a stinging setback for the administration.

Nearly 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, according to a new Associated Press-NORC poll. And while the survey does find a potential bright spot, it also reveals his handling of health care isn't helping.

The GOP's failure was allowing progressives to create a new entitlement. Once they did that, Republicans can’t just replace it after having conferred it: they must come up with something that works better but is sustainable.

Republicans can’t ignore the millions of uninsured that Trumpcare / Ryancare will create. There is no way that the GOP won’t pay a political price for that.

Lesson learned: don’t let progressives create new entitlements and then merely complain about it.

It is a good sign that Republicans are publicly debating the legislation. The problem they have is those weak Republicans who have allowed themselves to be backed into the progressive corner: let the opposition define the issue and control the media and polls, and then spend the next few days apologizing for being Republican.

Republicans have to show both backbone in resisting leftist pressure, but also flexibility in not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.

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