Republicans Look To Divide Democrats on Single Payer in PA-6
In a blog post, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) called on Democratic Congressional candidate Chrissy Houlahan, who is running in the PA-6, to take a position on the issue.
From the blog post:
According to her website, “Access to healthcare is a fundamental human right … Such access can only come from an insurance system in which we all participate, sharing coverage, risks, and costs.”
Sounds a lot like Bernie Sanders’ single-payer plan that would cost taxpayers $32 trillion over ten years…
But let’s make this easy: Will Chrissy Houlahan ever tell 6th district voters where she stands on her party’s proposed healthcare legislation?
Houlahan responded to the blog post by going on the offensive against Congressman Ryan Costello (R-Chester).
“The Republican repeal bill that Rep. Costello voted for in committee—without even waiting for a CBO score—will increase premiums, gut protections for pre-existing conditions and impose economic hardships on Pennsylvania families. That is the wrong answer and I strongly oppose this harmful bill,” Houlahan said in an email.
Houlahan did not take a position on single payer, instead she left the door open to either side of the issue.
“I believe access to healthcare is a fundamental human right and that we should work to expand access. How we get there is open for debate, but the discussion should be bipartisan and should include key stakeholders and our constituents.”
The move to try to sow the seeds of division early in the Democratic primary could help spur more Democrats to enter the race, and provide the NRCC and Costello’s campaign with dirt on Houlahan should she make it to the general election. This push will likely be seen increasingly often nationally as Republicans see single payer healthcare as an issue that Democrats will struggle with in 2018.
PoliticsPA has reached out to Democrat Bob Dettore, who declared his candidacy for the 6th district, for comment on this story.