Repub­li­cans urged to kill Oba­macare

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD -

NEW YORK— Weary Repub­li­cans in Wash­ing­ton may be ready to move on from health care, but con­ser­va­tives across the United States are warn­ing the Repub­li­can-led Congress not to aban­don its pledge to re­peal the Obama-era health law—or risk a po­lit­i­cal night­mare in next year’s elec­tions.

The Se­nate’s fail­ure this past week to pass re­peal leg­is­la­tion has out­raged the Repub­li­can base and trig­gered a new wave of fear. The stun­ning col­lapse has ex­posed a party so par­a­lyzed by ide­o­log­i­cal di­vi­sion that it could not de­liver on its top cam­paign pledge.

Af­ter de­vot­ing months to the de­bate, and seven years to promis­ing to kill the Af­ford­able Care Act, Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell sim­ply said: “It’s time to move on.”

Lim­ited op­tions

But that’s sim­ply not an op­tion for a con­ser­va­tive base en­er­gized by its op­po­si­tion to the health law. Lo­cal party lead­ers, ac­tivists and po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tives are pre­dict­ing pay­back for Repub­li­cans law­mak­ers if they don’t re­vive the fight.

“This is an epic fail for Repub­li­cans,” said Tim Phillips, pres­i­dent of Amer­i­cans For Pros­per­ity, the po­lit­i­cal arm of the con­ser­va­tive Koch Brothers’ net­work. “Their fail­ure to keep their prom­ise will hurt them. It will.”

To the Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­tive Union, the three Repub­li­can sen­a­tors who blocked the stripped-down re­peal bill that failed in the wee hours on Fri­day are “sell­outs.”

A Trump-sanc­tioned su­per po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee did not rule out run­ning ads against un­co­op­er­a­tive Repub­li­cans, which it did re­cently against Sen. Dean Heller.

—AP

THROWNUNDER THE BUS Sen. John McCain is pur­sued by re­porters af­ter cast­ing a ‘no’ vote on a mea­sure to re­peal parts of for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care law on Fri­day.

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