Childers Won’t Push Healthcare Repeal
Rep. Travis Childers told the Daily Journal that “calls to repeal the (healthcare) bill are politically motivated,” in light of a pledge from all three GOP candidates in MS-01 to support repeal for the newly enacted law.
Childers added, “I voted against the bill. It’s time we move forward in working to make it better…I will continue to support common-sense reform provisions and work to change measures that would negatively impact the people of the First District.”
Honestly, I would have been more shocked if Childers had supported repeal. Politically motivated or not- this does set up an opening for the GOP to criticize the Congressman on the issue. They could argue Childers simply voted against the bill when the Democrats had the votes for it to pass, and is now seemingly okay with it once it became law.
Is that a good argument for whichever Republican faces Childers in the fall? It’s still early, but a new Rasmussen survey conducted the first two nights after the legislation was signed into law shows 55 percent favor repeal, and 52 percent say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who favors repeal. Of course this was a national survey, the First District is about 14 points more Republican than the nation as a whole.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), one of the rising stars in the House GOP, spoke in depth with Politico about his plan for ‘repeal and replace,’ which I am sure we will hear plenty of on the campaign trail.