The collapse of the Republican plan to replace Obamacare might not hurt the party as much as many seem to think.
"The stunning collapse of Obamacare repeal on Tuesday forced Republicans to confront a sobering reality: Their party and agenda are in a deep hole, and it's not going to be easy to get out," Peter Sullivan of The Hill wrote.
Things might not be so bleak for the GOP, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's Drew Altman, who wrote in Axios that very few GOP voters and those who voted for President Donald Trump rate healthcare as the top factor in their vote for president.
The most significant factor by far was the direction of the country, followed by jobs and the economy, and the personal traits of Trump's election opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Although 52 percent of Republicans support repealing Obamacare without replacing it, only 26 percent overall say the same. And in July, 80 percent of Republicans said the GOP shouldn't give up its attempt to repeal and replace the law.
"Republicans don't like the ACA, and there is no doubt voting for repeal would be a real plus with the Republican base as well as with big campaign contributors," Altman wrote. "But the assumption that Republicans will be punished if they fail to repeal the law is a different thing altogether; it has become unexamined conventional wisdom. Republican voters have other things on their minds that matter to them more than healthcare.
"The next election is not until 2018, and the agenda could switch to taxes or a foreign conflict or the Trump administration's continuing problems. In fact, the one thing most likely to keep the ACA on the agenda now would be an effort by the administration to undermine it, and it's far from clear who benefits and loses politically from that."
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