How Republicans Stopped Pretending and Started Getting Real

By Michael A. Needham, Heritage Action CEO and Jacob Reses, Heritage Action Director of Strategic Initiatives

“Republicans need to become a governing party.”

It’s a mantra we’ve been hearing for years, usually in response to speed bumps in the legislative process caused by internecine warfare within the House Republican conference, and always carrying the implication that some Republicans’ problem is that they only know how to say “no.”

Earlier this month, Republicans finally got to yes, at long last passing a bill that may offer relief from some of Obamacare’s most destructive insurance mandates. The bill was far from perfect—and it was certainly not full repeal as promised—but its passage has paved the way for insurance market reform nonetheless and given new momentum to a legislative agenda that looked dead in its tracks mere weeks ago.

*Originally published in Politico. Click here to read the full piece.

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