Democrats are targeting House Republicans who voted in support of legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act. Activists are hoping to channel opposition to GOP efforts to dismantle former President Obama’s signature health-care law into fundraising that will help back Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections, though it’s unclear how much the issue will galvanize Democratic voters and donors.
Democrats sent out a flurry of fundraising appeals after House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act on Thursday, raising at least $1,213,387 as of 10:27 a.m. EST Friday morning through online donation pages set up through ActBlue, a website that raises money for Democratic candidates.
Democrats may feel a particular sense of urgency to rally opposition to the GOP health-care law in part because liberal activists were caught off guard by its successful passage in the House. The bill now faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
Progressives mobilized in opposition to a Republican health-care overhaul by showing up at town halls and calling up their members of Congress to protest early in the Trump administration. But as Jeff Stein reported for Vox, after House Republicans failed to pass legislation in March, some activists “largely moved onto other priorities.”
Now, locked out of power in Congress, Democrats’ best hope at pressuring Senate Republicans not to pass the bill is to send a message that any Republican who supports it will pay a political price.
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