How an ObamaCare repeal vote could actually be good for Democrats

Republicans are already facing criticism for supporting the proposed ObamaCare replacement.
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Democrats see a certain advantage to House Republicans successfully voting to repeal ObamaCare and it has nothing to do with any fondness for the proposed replacement, Politico reports. Instead, certain Democrats believe there is an opportunity to take back the House in the 2018 midterms if House Republicans pass their controversial bill, just as Republicans managed to do in 2010 when they channeled national anti-ObamaCare sentiment.

"I think there will be a political price to pay at the ballot box in 2018," observed Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.).

Politico breaks it down:

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Democrats don't actually want the law repealed. Under their dream scenario, House GOP leaders would muscle through their controversial health-care bill only to watch it die a long, painful death in the Senate, where it has already received a lukewarm reception from Republicans. ObamaCare would stay intact while the House Republicans who voted to gut the law have a big shiny target on their back heading into the 2018 midterms. [Politico]

Many ObamaCare provisions are popular with both parties, such as federal requirements for customers with pre-existing conditions, and advertisements skewering Republicans for dropping such protections are already hitting the airwaves. "The attack ads write themselves, Democrats argue. And they are betting the House on it," Politico writes. Jeva Lange

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Jeva Lange

Jeva Lange was the executive editor at She formerly served as The Week's deputy editor and culture critic. She is also a contributor to Screen Slate, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Awl, Vice, and Gothamist, among other publications. Jeva lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.