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Democrats see a winning issue in opposing GOP health bill

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  • In this image from House Television, the final total on the vote on the Republicans health care bill is displayed at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, May 4, 2017. It’s “Trumpcare” now, and Republicans have to answer for it. After dozens of symbolic votes, House Republicans finally pushed through a bill to gut Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, with President Donald Trump hailing the replacement as “a great plan” that has “really brought the Republican Party together.” (House Television via AP)

    In this image from House Television, the final total on the vote on the Republicans health care bill is displayed at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, May 4, 2017. It’s “Trumpcare” now, and Republicans have to answer for it. After dozens of symbolic votes, House Republicans finally pushed through a bill to gut Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, with President Donald Trump hailing the replacement as “a great plan” that has “really brought the Republican Party together.” (House Television via AP)
    Associated Press

  • In this May 4, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump talks to House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, after the House pushed through a health care bill.

    In this May 4, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump talks to House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, after the House pushed through a health care bill.
    Associated Press

 
 

ATLANTA -- Democrats aren't happy about the House Republican health care bill, but they are upbeat about the prospect of the measure serving as a millstone around GOP necks.

The House bill has Americans in an uproar over its negative aspects, such as older people facing higher costs and 14 million people losing their insurance in the first year. Democrats are positioning health care as the issue that will help them regain control of the House.

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, are assuring voters that they will take up the issue and write their own bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he isn't setting a deadline for that effort but adds that he doesn't expect any help from Democrats.

Democratic fundraising has surged to challenge vulnerable Republicans who backed the plan.

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