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Rage runs into a dead end

US Republicans turned Obamacare into a demon, but they’ll never lay it to rest

Last November, progressives around the world collectively gasped when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. In Alexandria, Virginia, right outside Washington, my wife and I glared at the election returns, as if somehow our negative energy could flip the numbers. As she began to sob, my first thought was: “There goes Obamacare.”

But, at least so far, I was wrong. Team Trump has been unable to do more than generate chaos. America’s conservative bloc is beset with contradictions on healthcare— and pretty much every policy other than tax cuts. Under this administration, fecklessness is emerging as a feature, rather than a bug. That doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t break many important things, but they haven’t managed to repeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and probably won’t anytime soon.

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In Prospect’s May issue: Neal Ascherson, Simon Jenkins, John Curtice and Frances Cairncross examine the growing divide between England and Scotland. Ascherson argues that England has become Scotland’s “neurotic neighbour,” while Jenkins says we should learn from history and prepare for Scotland to leave the Union. Cairncross and Curtice debate whether Scotland could afford to break with England and whether a fresh referendum on independence is actually winnable. Also in this issue: Jason Burke questions whether the world will be a safer place after the downfall of Islamic State, Paul Hilder examines how politics got tangled in the web and Michael White reviews a new book charting the history of the Daily Mail