Media confirmed two Senate Democrats are working with Republicans on Obamacare fixes. Will the 10 other vulnerable Senate Democrats join them before the 2018 campaign kicks off?
Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), both vulnerable Democrats in the 2018 election cycle, are working with Senate Republicans to fix the parts of Obamacare that are failing.
CNN reported on Tuesday morning that Heitkamp and Manchin were spotted after preliminary talks, with estimates of one or two more unnamed Senate Democrats involved as well.
But the Cook Political Report suggests at least 12 Senate Democrats are vulnerable in 2018; that is, their seats are only “Likely” or “Lean” Democratic, rather than “Solid.”
Where do the other 10 Democrats stand on Obamacare fixes?
- Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI): Baldwin erroneously stated that Republicans are “organzing to take people’s health care away,” making her an unlikely candidate to work with Republicans on fixes to the law
- Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH): Brown said the Senate was voting to throw 90,000 Ohioans “off of their healthcare” with Obamacare repeal in January
- Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA): Casey recently said “nothing” gets him to “yes” on Obamacare fixes, because the GOP wants to repeal the law
- Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN): Donnelly said he wants to “improve the law” in January, but also said Senate efforts to repeal Obamacare “would create chaos”
- Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA): Kaine said “sure” Obamacare can be improved in January, but said repealing Obamacare is like “saying we’re going to jump off a cliff and we’ll figure out how to land later”
- Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO): McCaskill insisted her residents would not “pay 25 percent more” in their Obamacare premiums in 2016, standing by the law’s subsidies
- Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ): When the AHCA vote failed in the House in March, Menendez tweeted: “Hey Republicans, don’t worry, that burn is covered under the Affordable Care Act”
- Sen. Bill Neslon (D-FL): Nelson rallied with Democrats to save Obamacare, and criticized “repair” efforts, in February
- Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI): Stabenow wants “more competition” to improve Obamacare, but compared repeal efforts to “burning down a house“
- Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT): Tester actually expressed willingness to repeal and replace Obamacare earlier this month; he may be one of the unnamed Democrats who are working with Republicans.
No matter who the other two Democrats are, the report means that, as of now, several vulnerable Democrats are not yet working with Republicans on Obamacare fixes. Will it cost them in 2018?
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