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Opinion: What the Vote on Health Care Means — Republicans Now Own It
Even low-information voters know that the GOP controls the levers of government

Speaker Paul D. Ryan and House Republicans passed an ungainly piece of legislation that will deprive maybe 20 million Americans of health care, Walter Shapiro writes. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Now that the buses have returned from the White House victory-lap rally and House Republicans have headed home for what undoubtedly will be ticker-tape parades, it is time to step back from the partisan talking points to try to realistically gauge the meaning of Thursday’s health care vote.

It is no exaggeration to say that Thursday may have been Paul Ryan’s best day in politics since he was named Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012. Especially since being elected House speaker brought Ryan so many heartaches and headaches that it doesn’t count.

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