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Health care, for years a political winner for GOP, now powers Democratic wins

Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau on

Published in Health & Fitness

At the same time, nearly half of voters said that Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie's support for legislation to repeal the current law made them less likely to back him.

In Washington, those results prompted Democrats to redouble their calls to Republicans to give up the repeal push and work on bipartisan fixes.

"If Republican leaders hadn't gotten the message, voters made it perfectly clear last night that they reject the deeply harmful partisanship we've seen on health care," Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the senior Democratic on the Senate Health Committee, said Wednesday.

Murray and her Republican counterpart, committee Chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, have been urging GOP leaders to bring up a bipartisan bill they developed to stabilize health insurance markets around the country.

The measure has the backing of 60 senators. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he won't hold a vote until Trump indicates he will support the bill.

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