Martell Spy Posted December 16, 2018 Share Posted December 16, 2018 Yeah, time to put up or shut up. Republicans who say they support pre-existing conditions now get the opportunity to vote and show where they stand. GOP feels heat in wake of Obamacare ruling: 'It's all the downsides' The decision spells bad news for Republicans by allowing Democrats to replay a potent health care message that helped them flip 40 House seats. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/15/republicans-obamacare-ruling-1066659 Quote But that doesn't appear likely if Friday's ruling is working its way through the courts during the 2020 election cycle. House Democrats had long planned to intervene in the lawsuit on behalf of the ACA and will likely introduce a resolution directing the House counsel to defend the law during the first days of the new Congress. People familiar with the conversations say the Democrats will quickly put it to a floor vote that will force GOP lawmakers to either signal support for Obamacare or endorse its elimination — along with the law’s most popular patient protections. Trump and other key Republicans' hailing of the ruling as vindication of their belief that the law is unworkable and needs to be jettisoned also doesn't set a constructive tone, said Rodney Whitlock, a former top Republican Senate health care staffer. “He’s got to lead,” Whitlock said of the president. “I don’t think you’ll see congressional Republicans wanting to go that route when it’s far from clear that they’d have support from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.” The result is likely to be a split GOP caucus that draws flak from both the right and the left. Republicans who survived the midterm election by vowing to protect people with pre-existing conditions will find themselves in a particularly tough spot, feeling intense pressure to make good on that pledge. “It’s all the downsides,” a House GOP aide said. “Politically, I don’t think that it helps us at all.” Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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