Lanhee Chen: Time To Deliver

It can be tempting to try to draw far-reaching conclusions about the 2018 midterm elections from the special election results in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, where Democrat Jon Ossoff came close to winning the 50 percent of the vote he needed to capture the longtime conservative seat. But those midterms are more than 19 months away and a whole lot can change between now and then.

Voters in Georgia’s 6th congressional district didn’t appear to be punishing Republicans for their inability to repeal and replace Obamacare in late March. A single failure to do so can be attributable to “growing pains.” But a continual inability to pass into law a conservative, market-based alternative to the Affordable Care Act will have electoral consequences for Republican congressional candidates across the country.

Now it’s time for President Trump and congressional leaders like Speaker Ryan to finally deliver. Failing to do so will impact election results not just in Georgia, but across America.

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