Republicans said that their votes for the American Health Care Act proposal would not damage their chances in the 2018 midterm elections, the Washington Examiner reported.
GOP strategists said that, according to voter data, the AHCA might be more popular than previous polls showed and dismissed the idea that a vote for the AHCA would hurt Republicans, the Examiner reported.
"Only in Washington could what you repeatedly promised you’d do be considered a bad idea," Matt Gorman, National Republican Congress Committee spokesman, told the Examiner.
"Republicans had to pass something to satisfy the base, keep their promise and show they could govern. If the healthcare situation got worse under Obamacare—as we expect it to—they still control the government, so we’re going to own the problem either way,” a Republican operative told the Examiner.
WPA Intelligence, a firm that handled polling for Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, found preference in 13 out of 25 Republican-held districts for repealing and replacing Obamacare, while in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District—site of a June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff—replacing Obamacare is also the preference, the Examiner reported.
“Immediately after the House voted to repeal significant portions of Obamacare, the typical media players began proclaiming this would be a killer for Republican candidates in 2018. … WPA Intelligence's models of support for Obamacare and support for replacing it with a market-based solution that lowers costs tell a very different story," the WPA wrote in a memo shared with the Examiner.
Democrats admit they still have work to do to take seats away from Republicans.
“Passage of the Republican healthcare repeal bill was a defining moment for House Republicans, and the DCCC will hold them all accountable. Of course, we are taking nothing for granted and a lot can change over the next year and a half,” Meredith Kelly of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee told the Examiner.
Math favors Republicans in the 2018 elections, according to CNN analysis. Democrats have to defend 25 seats in the Senate while only eight Republicans are set to defend their seats.
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