The GOP, absent an immediate replacement plan for Obamacare, is going to have a rough time convincing Democrats to vote for repeal.
The Republican party thinks they can force Democrats to negotiate a replacement for ObamaCare if they repeal the law first, but then delay the repeal until the GOP can come up with a new plan.
The problem the GOP is going to have is that a replacement won’t be easy to pass since it would require the usual 60 votes in the Senate to advance, meaning some Democratic support would be needed.
Republicans feel they have the political leverage to push Democrats by warning them their constituents will blame them if ObamaCare disappears and the 20 million people who have gained coverage from the law have nowhere to go.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters last week, “When that day came and you did nothing, if you want to play politics, I think the blame would go to people who didn’t want to do anything.”
Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who is up reelection in a red state in 2018, made this point.
“First things first, put on the table what the replace is going to be and once they’ve done that, then I’ll be happy to comment on it.”
Republicans are counting the pressure of the midterm elections in 2018 will convince Democrats in red states, which includes McCaskill, to join Republicans in developing a new and better healthcare bill.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) said, “I think we’re going to have some receptive Democrats doing that because one is it’s the right thing to do, but also when you take a look at the 2018 Senate landscape, there are only eight Republican senators who are up, and there are 25 Democrat senators who are up. Of the 25 that are up, 10 of them are in states that Donald Trump won and healthcare has been a major part of the discussions in those states.”
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the incoming Democratic leader, has voiced his firm stance on the Obamacare issue.
“We’re not going to do a replacement,” Schumer said. “If they repeal without a replacement, they will own it. Democrats will not then step up to the plate and come up with a half-baked solution that we will partially own. It’s all theirs.”
Senator Tim Kaine, Clinton’s vice presidential nominee backed Schumer on the repeal position. “They’ve had six years to come up with a replacement and they haven’t,” he said, “But we’re going to wait and see what they do.”
The Democrats have even created their own Obamacare slogan, “You break it, You own it.”
H/T : The Hill
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