1/11/19 - GOP Seeks Health Care Reboot After 2018 Losses

Republicans are looking for a new message and platform to replace their longtime call to repeal and replace ObamaCare, after efforts failed in the last Congress and left them empty-handed in the 2018 midterm elections.

A recent poll showed that 49 percent of respondents nationwide said government should tackle health care as a top priority, second only to economic concerns. Republican candidates made the repeal of ObamaCare their main message in recent elections. But after repeal legislation collapsed with the late Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) famous “no” vote, the party’s message became muddled and Democrats went on the offensive.  GOP Senate leaders signaled after Democrats won control of the House in November that the GOP would abandon its partisan approach to health care reform and concentrate instead on bipartisan proposals to address mounting costs, which Democratic candidates capitalized on in the fall campaign. In Ohio Gov-elect DeWine has stated he is in favor of keeping Medicaid expansion but will explore the addition of work requirements and other wellness initiatives into the Medicaid program.


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