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Maybe Republican voters don't hate universal health care after all?

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On Groundhog Day, House Republicans voted to repeal part of Obamacare for the 63rd time.

A few days later, New Hampshire Republicans voted for Donald Trump, who once wrote, "The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than America. … We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing."

The runner-up in the Republican primary, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, accepted Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, and when challenged on it said, "When you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor. You better have a good answer."

For years now, the one thing everyone has known about the Republican Party is that they hate government-sponsored health insurance. Tonight, a former single-payer (and HillaryCare!) supporter won the New Hampshire primary, and the runner-up was the guy who said you won't get into heaven if you don't expand Medicaid.

Fun primary the Republicans are having. Maybe the GOP would be in better shape if its elected officials had spent the past few years figuring out how to expand health insurance coverage in America rather than take it away.