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Revised GOP health care bill succeeds at making things even worse

Revised GOP health care bill succeeds at making things even worse

If at first you don’t succeed, screw it up even more.

Senate Republicans unveiled their newly tweaked, please-please-vote-for-this health care bill Thursday, and in their attempts to make it more politically palatable to a handful of conservative lawmakers, they’ve served notice that millions of Americans are in danger of financial catastrophe if they ever get sick.

The biggest fly in the soup is a gimme to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is determined to pretend that separating the healthy from the ill won’t exacerbate market dysfunction and raise costs for those who need insurance most — which it will, as every health care economist could tell him if the Republicans had held a...

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