Some Senate Democrats who are vulnerable in 2018 are talking a compromise with Republicans on Obamacare repeal. Senate Democrats eyeing the White House in 2020 are not having it.
Some vulnerable Democrats in the upcoming midterm election cycle are making a new effort to fix Obamacare with Republicans, but safe Democrats eyeing a 2020 presidential run seem intent on poisoning any bipartisan well.
Politico reported on Sunday that some moderate Senate Democrats are speaking with some moderate Senate Republicans about fixing the struggling law:
But as Republicans try to repeal Obamacare on party lines, there are flickers of bipartisanship in the Senate — and they could become a lifeline if the GOP’s party-line efforts collapse and lawmakers come under pressure later this year to respond to crippled insurance markets and rising premiums.
…In addition to [Sen. Tim] Kaine [D-Va.] and [Sen. Tom] Carper [D-Del.], Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) have spoken with Republicans in general terms about health care recently, according to several people familiar with the matter.
Observers would not know it, though, from looking at the Twitter feeds of Democratic senators who are thought to be considering a 2020 challenge of Trump.
There was Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), one of the most active tweeters on Capitol Hill:
Your morning reminder that under the cloud cover of the FBI story, 13 GOP Senators are still secretly writing a bill to destroy the ACA.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) May 15, 2017
And freshman Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a rising liberal star in the party:
It's my commitment to mothers everywhere to fight any of Trump's policies that undermine maternal health and rights.https://t.co/9nNF6URTUN
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 15, 2017
And Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), one of the most partisan senators of the Trump era:
Know who would suffer the most under the House Republicans’ disastrous health bill? Women. Older Americans. Low income Americans.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) May 15, 2017
The clash of vulnerable 2018 Democrats and 2020 Democrats racing to the left is one battle to watch in the Democratic Party going forward.
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