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Needing Wins, Moderate Republicans Back Off on Repealing Obamacare

Needing Wins, Moderate Republicans Back Off on Repealing Obamacare

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By    |   Friday, 12 August 2016 09:43 AM

When push comes to shove, moderate Republicans battling for their political survival are not showing an appetite to rave about repealing Obamacare on the campaign trail, Politico reports.

Campaigning on a strategy of removing healthcare benefits from millions of Americans is not a winning strategy when you're in danger of losing your seat to a Democrat.

"When I ran, I said I'm not going to vote for repeal of Obamacare unless there is a replacement or repeal and replace," Rep. John Katko, R-NY, told Politico. "There wasn't (a replacement) and I'm not going to beat my head."

Katko was one of three Republicans, joining Bob Dold of Illinois and Bruce Poliquin of Maine, who broke with the party and voted against repeal in January of 2015, Politico reports.

Further kicking the issue of repeal to the curb are the burning issues of terrorism, free trade and immigration, topics that are core to GOP nominee Donald Trump's campaign.

"I've seen (candidates) talk about it here or there but it's not dominating what they're talking about in the districts," a GOP strategist told Politico. "This is definitely an unpopular law, but when you have the violence going on in the Middle East, it is going to take precedence over a flawed law that people are frustrated with."

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When push comes to shove, moderate Republicans battling for their political survival are not showing an appetite to rave about repealing Obamacare on the campaign trail, Politico reports.
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