Health & Spirit

Democrats consider new strategy as frustrations build with Obamacare

Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau on

Published in Health & Fitness

By contrast, the GOP proposals to roll back the 2010 health law and slash funding for Medicaid were overwhelmingly unpopular, drawing support from just one in five Americans in several nationwide polls.

Even supporters of this emerging Democratic health care agenda acknowledge it will take years to develop and may not be fully debated until the campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination gets underway next year.

But many say it is not too early to begin planning.

"We saw support for Medicaid (during the 2017 GOP repeal push) that took even many longtime Medicaid advocates by surprise," said Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., who is sponsoring a proposal with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, to allow people to buy into the Medicaid program.

"There is an opportunity now to build on that momentum," Lujan said.

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