Democrats know what it means to wear a problematic piece of health care legislation, and now Republicans may be about to find out. On Thursday, with a vote of 217-213, the GOP passed the American Health Care Act and now, even though the Senate has yet to weigh in, the Democrats have a hell of a stick with which to smack vulnerable Republicans in the 2018 midterms.
Although it’s the first of potentially many explosive votes, House Republicans’ willingness to spend political capital on a proposal that garnered the support of just 17 percent of the public in a March Quinnipiac poll is consistent with past scenarios that have generated a midterm wave.
And the result for Cook, among the most respected political prognosticators, is this:
In light of the vote, we are shifting our ratings in 20 districts, all reflecting enhanced opportunities for Democrats. The major caveat is that 18 months is an eternity in politics and that as always, we will continue to adjust our outlook as events unfold and the landscape develops.
Yes, 18 months is forever, but potentially throwing away a big chunk of house seats so Trump can get a win that isn’t even a win is beyond crazy.