Hillary Clinton Gives GOP New Name Over Health Bill
If it passes, Republicans are the 'death party'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2017 7:45 AM CDT
Hillary Clinton says the GOP will be the 'death party' if the health bill passes the Senate.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

(Newser) – She may be "Crooked Hillary" to President Trump and his supporters, but Hillary Clinton has some nickname-slinging of her own to do. Specifically: "death party" in regard to the GOP. "Forget death panels," she tweeted on Friday. "If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party." She's referring to Senate Republicans' plan to replace ObamaCare, which Mitch McConnell hopes to pass next week. His task became trickier on Friday when Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada became the fifth Republican to publicly oppose the measure in its current form. McConnell can afford only two defections.

Heller's move isn't a huge surprise given that he faces a tough re-election fight next year, notes Politico. Nor does it think opposition from Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz is all that shocking. However, it sees Wisconsin's Ron Johnson as the surprise holdout so far, given that he "is rarely such a thorn in the side of GOP leaders." Johnson's big concerns: the rush to pass the bill without proper time for analysis, too-high premiums, and protections for states (including Wisconsin) that chose not to expand Medicaid.

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