Republicans on Monday disputed forecasts that they would lose seats in 2018 because of their vote to partially repeal Obamacare.
Pointing to previously undisclosed voter data, Republican strategists and congressional aides said the American Health Care Act could be more popular in GOP House districts than assumed by previous polling.
“Only in Washington could what you repeatedly promised you’d do be considered a bad idea,” said Matt Gorman, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP campaign arm.
Gorman is getting at the pressure Congressional Republicans face that Democrats were not under when they pursued health care reform eight years ago.
Then, the country was in economic free fall and Obama and Congressional Democrats, in the majority, chose to add major health reform in their agenda after the 2008 campaign concluded.
The Republicans have been promising to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s troubled healthcare law for the seven years since the Affordable Care was enacted.
Finally in control of government in Washington, failure to deliver could depress GOP turnout in 2018, creating as much as an electoral disaster for Republicans as moving ahead with an unpopular bill.