Offbeat Dems seek to leverage ObamaCare fight for midterms

13:32  14 june  2018
13:32  14 june  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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House Democrats want to use the looming battle over government spending and raising the debt limit as leverage to shore up ObamaCare . The strategy puts moderate Republicans in the awkward position of seeking ways around their leadership to stabilize a law they’ve long promised to repeal.

  Dems seek to leverage ObamaCare fight for midterms © Provided by The Hill Democrats are seizing on the Trump administration's push in court to overturn ObamaCare's protections for people with pre-existing conditions, hoping to leverage the issue ahead of November's midterm elections as some Republicans rush to distance themselves from the move.

The Department of Justice's (DOJ) decision to join a legal battle arguing that one of the most popular parts of ObamaCare should be struck down is being viewed by Democrats as a political gift, with the party apparatus quickly using the issue to attack GOP candidates and rally their base.

Ever since the DOJ joined 20 GOP-led states last week in arguing against the measure, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has been sending out a drumbeat of press releases asking Republican Senate candidates where they stand on the administration's arguments.

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Democrats are also highlighting the fact that Patrick Morrisey, who is challenging Sen. Joe Manchin (D) in West Virginia, and Josh Hawley, who is challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in Missouri, are two of the Republican state attorneys general who brought the lawsuit against ObamaCare in the first place.

Replying to someone asking on Twitter late last week if Hawley would "protect my two year old son's health care," McCaskill tweeted: "No Tyler, he won't. He is one of the AGs bringing the lawsuit to end the protection of those with pre-existing conditions."

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ObamaCare is emerging as a top issue for Democrats as they seek to gain control of Congress in next year's midterm elections. Democrats are eager to leverage their advantage on health care .

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The West Virginia Democratic Party also piled on against Morrisey, arguing the Republican candidate "wants to go back to the bad old days when insurance companies could deny coverage to West Virginians based on pre-existing conditions."

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Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist, said that after GOP efforts to repeal ObamaCare failed last year, "Republicans wanted to change the topic and they might have been able to if Trump hadn't sued to overturn the protections."

"The last thing they wanted to talk about is the thing Trump is now putting front and center," he added.

Some Republicans are now distancing themselves from the Trump administration's position.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, put out a scathing statement on Tuesday night saying the administration's argument "is as far-fetched as any I've ever heard."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to support the administration's position when asked Tuesday, though he did not directly say he disagreed, either.

"Everybody I know in the Senate - everybody - is in favor of maintaining coverage for pre-existing conditions," he said.

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Republican strategist Ford O'Connell noted that the Trump administration's move to argue against the ObamaCare measure in court could put vulnerable Republican incumbents at risk.

"What McConnell is trying to do is protect his Senate majority, and this issue could put folks in jeopardy like Dean Heller," O'Connell said, referring to the Republican senator from Nevada.

"One of the top issues that fires up Democrats is health care, and obviously pre-existing conditions is popular with independents," the GOP strategist added. "It may not be the best time to bring this up."

Megan Taylor, a spokeswoman for Heller, said "Senator Heller believes that Nevadans with pre-existing conditions should be protected. Period." She did not respond when directly asked whether Heller disagrees with the administration's argument.

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), a leader of the repeal effort last year who is now facing a tough reelection race, said in a statement that pre-existing condition protections are "sacrosanct" and that he does not "support the DOJ decision without an accompanying legislative fix from Congress and President Trump."

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Negotiations over an ObamaCare bill have been going on for weeks, with Sens. Lamar Alexander Andrew (Lamar) Lamar Alexander Poll: Health care a top issue for voters ahead of midterms (D-Wash.) seeking an agreement to stabilize the markets and protect people’s coverage options.

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A poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation during the repeal debate last year found strong backing for the pre-existing condition protection in ObamaCare: 70 percent overall supported it, including 68 percent of independents and 59 percent of Republicans.

Many Republican candidates are finding themselves in a bind. While they don't want to be against protections for pre-existing conditions, they also don't want to publicly break from Trump. Some are simply staying silent, at least for now.

The campaigns of Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, who is seeking to unseat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) in North Dakota, and Mike Braun, who is challenging Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) in Indiana, did not respond to requests for comment on the Trump administration's argument.

A spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), who is running for Senate this year, said that the governor "supports protecting those with pre-existing conditions" and "believes every American, including those with pre-existing conditions, should have the ability to buy any kind of insurance they want."

The spokeswoman, Kerri Wyland, did not respond when asked directly whether Scott disagrees with the administration's argument in court.

Democrats argue that Republicans' repeal votes last year, as well as the lawsuit joined by the Trump administration, show that they do not really support pre-existing condition protections.

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Senate Democrats are quickly taking aim at Republicans' decision to add a repeal of ObamaCare 's individual mandate into their tax-reform bill as they look for leverage in the looming fight . Democrats believe health care is a potent political issue heading into the 2018 midterm elections.

The House repeal bill allowed states to waive those protections under certain conditions, as did a Senate bill from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Neither bill ended up being passed.

Democratic leaders are turning the screws.

"You ask the American people the number one issue they care about, it's health care, not anything else, and we are not going to get diverted," Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said at a press conference Tuesday.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) likewise called a press conference for Wednesday to attack the Trump administration's decision.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, countered that he thinks ObamaCare will in fact hurt Democrats.

"The Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, is the reason we have massive price escalations despite the promises they were going to reduce the cost of care," Gardner said. "Nobody's going to all of a sudden think that ObamaCare is McConnellCare."

Hawley, while backing the lawsuit against ObamaCare, said in a statement that he still supports protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

"Insurance companies should be required to cover folks with pre-existing conditions," he said.

"The collusion plan known as Obamacare is a failure, and Senator McCaskill owns it," he added.

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