In the Rose Garden last week President Trump and the House Republican leadership celebrated their vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as though it had actually repealed and replaced the 2010 law colloquially known as Obamacare.
It had not, of course. Several more giant steps remain in the process. And more than a few of these same Republicans may well be grateful.
The House, its leaders and rank-and-file alike know that what they have done so far is not yet law. It may not even qualify as a rough draft.
In reality, the House has shoveled a mammoth pile of problems off its porch and onto that of the U.S. Senate. That chamber has announced it is writing its own bill. That is common knowledge, and more than a few House votes were cajoled with assurances that "the Senate will fix" this problem or that.