“If they want to change things around the edges, fix some of the things we agree ought to be fixed and call it Trumpcare, that’s OK,” said Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats and is up for reelection in 2018. “Let’s get people covered.”
There’s a difference, of course, between Democrats saying they’re willing to entertain a GOP replacement and voting for one. Democrats in tough races can burnish their bipartisan bona fides just by expressing openness to working with Republicans on health care.
McCaskill, for one, is skeptical Republicans can craft a workable replacement that satisfies conservatives without repelling centrist Democrats. “For six years, I’ve looked [for Republican replacement plans] in closets, I’ve looked in committee rooms, I’ve looked under desks. …They’ve had six frickin’ years to figure it out.”…
Manchin was more open, saying he opposes repeal but is “going to try to help and be productive” on a replacement.