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Ryan Vows to Match What Members Raise for NRCC in March

Swing-seat Republicans are grappling with the political consequences of repealing the ACA.

Ally Mutnick
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Ally Mutnick
March 9, 2017, 11:05 a.m.

Speak­er Paul Ry­an (R-WI 01) “told House Re­pub­lic­ans that he would match what mem­bers col­lect­ively raise for Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Cam­paign Com­mit­tee in March.” He made his re­marks “dur­ing a con­fer­ence at the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day.” (Roll Call)

HEALTH CARE DE­BATE. “The two dozen House Re­pub­lic­ans who out­ran Pres­id­ent Don­ald Trump at home — in some cases sur­viv­ing even as Hil­lary Clin­ton won their dis­tricts — are now fa­cing a vote on health care that could put their polit­ic­al ca­reers on the line. Re­pub­lic­an mem­bers in swing dis­tricts are like­li­est to feel the squeeze — and would be tak­ing the greatest polit­ic­al risk to back the pres­id­ent and the party.” Still Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee Chair­man Steve Stivers (OH-15) “said he hasn’t de­tec­ted deep worry among mod­er­ates about the polit­ic­al rami­fic­a­tions of the health care bill.” (Politico)

Be­fore the 2010 midterms, “Re­pub­lic­ans … reg­u­larly won the short-term fights in ad­vert­ising wars and elec­tion de­bates, simply call­ing it a ‘gov­ern­ment takeover’ of an in­dustry that would lead to ‘death pan­els’ for the eld­erly. Fair or not, those simplist­ic ex­plan­a­tions broke through to the pub­lic in a big­ger way than Demo­crats’ com­plex ex­plan­a­tions of the broad and com­plic­ated way in which the health-care sys­tem would change. … Demo­crats are bet­ting that Re­pub­lic­ans are head­ing straight in­to the same quag­mire that the left faced in the early years of Obama’s pres­id­ency.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

BY THE NUM­BERS. “El­ev­en House Re­pub­lic­ans, who will be ex­pec­ted by party lead­er­ship and the White House to sup­port their party’s re­place­ment plan, rep­res­ent dis­tricts where at least 6 per­cent of their con­stitu­ents are en­rolled in gov­ern­ment in­sur­ance ex­changes set up by the 2010 health care law.” Rep. Ileana Ros-Le­htin­en (FL-27) has 13.7 per­cent of her con­stitu­ents in the health care ex­change and Rep. Car­los Cur­belo (FL-26) has 13.2 per­cent. In both dis­tricts, nearly 97 per­cent of their con­stitu­ents re­ceive in­come-based fed­er­al sub­sidies, “which the new health care plan would change to an age-based sys­tem.” (Roll Call)

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