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Himes, Esty Sign Letter on Bipartisan O’Care Efforts … Are They Risking Primary Challenges?

September 15, 2017 By Staff
Himes, Esty Sign Letter on Bipartisan O’Care Efforts … Are They Risking Primary Challenges?

The two House Democrats are among 35 signing a letter to the Senate, urging a "bipartisan bill" fixing Obamacare. But in a Medicare-for-All age, will this open them up to primary challengers?

Reps. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) are two of the 35 Democrats signing a letter to Senate leaders urging them “to agree on a bipartisan bill to keep premiums from rising further for Obamacare enrollees next year.”

Himes, Morning Consult reports, is the chair of the New Democrat Coalition and said in an interview that “[t]here’s a pretty substantial group of Democrats and Republicans who are ready to work together and get some things done on this most politically charged of topics.”

While bipartisan efforts are hard to come by on Capitol Hill these days, will Himes and Esty open themselves up to primary challenges from more liberal Democrats?

After all, Democrats are working through a prominent “Medicare-for-All” phase, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) commanding the support of moderate and liberal Democrats alike for his new, $25 trillion single-payer bill.

Himes and Esty don’t support Sanders’ effort, but if it goes through it could cost Americans a lot in taxes. NTK Network reported on Wednesday:

The cost question is a critical one, though: various estimates suggest single-payer could cost America $2.5 trillion per year, a nearly 50-percent increase over what the entire government spent in 2014, the most recent year of data available.

But if we go by Sanders’ campaign proposal from 2016, a lot of Americans are going to pay more in taxes, all to let the government run their health care.

Are Himes and Esty courting a liberal challenge by supporting bipartisan efforts? Only time will tell.