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Republicans express frustration after health care failure

en. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. is pursued by reporters as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

NEW YORK — Republicans are expressing embarrassment, fear and frustration as party leaders concede that their years-long promise to erase much of Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act is all but dead.

Conservative activists blamed establishment Republicans who control Congress. Establishment Republicans blamed a lack of leadership from their president. And the Republican president blamed “a few Republicans” and all Democrats for blocking his agenda.

The finger-pointing marked a new low for a Republican Party that swept into power in January and has struggled to govern ever since.
“If embarrassment were fatal, we’d all be dead,” Republican strategist Rick Tyler said of his party’s


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