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Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Rep. Eric Cantor and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
A regular MENSA meeting.
House Republicans have been floundering for weeks trying to deal with the reality that they now have to have a valid Obamacare replacement plan if they're going to keep up the repeal drumbeat. (Which of course they are. That's all they know how to do at this point.) There was a big meeting of what they're calling the "hope group" last week, comprised of the leadership team, who were supposed to figure all this out, but that didn't go so well.
Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., who attended the dinner, said the main question is what form the bill should take.

“That’s the biggest hurdle,” he said. “There is a big debate going on: small ball vs. comprehensive. And I’ll just tell you right now, that has not been decided.”

But here's what they do have figured out.
One plan, according to members in the meeting, is to take the message on the road with pie charts and bar graphs explaining how GOP alternatives can supersede President Barack Obama’s law — similar to how Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., won support for his budget ideas.
They don't have a plan, but they have a plan for their charts!! We know how good the GOP is with charts. Like this, the Best Chart EverTM from their 2009 budget.
Meaningless chart.
Maybe, with a lot of hope, the brain trust working on the Obamacare replacement plan can come up with a chart as complete as that. But I wouldn't hold my breath.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 03:11 PM PST.

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