Republican senators failed once again to obtain the necessary votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act -- a.k.a. Obamacare -- with legislation that would have bumped millions off insurance. After that fail, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to do something even more cruel -- simply repeal Obamacare and figure out some sort of replacement after.
Thankfully, that plan is DOA, thanks to three Republican senators -- all of them women.
These senators could now face repercussions for standing up to President Trump -- desperate for a legislative win -- and McConnell. If the GOP establishment fails to support their reelection, they'll have to explain to voters why they no longer have the backing of their party.
Capito may emphasize the fact that West Virginia benefits greatly from Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid. And like West Virginia, Alaska -- home of Murkowski -- needs the expanded medical coverage that Obamacare provides to fight the opioid epidemic. Maine, Collins's state, is also battling that issue, and tilts more left than either Alaska or West Virginia, something that could help Collins keep her job when she runs for reelection in 2020. Capito also runs for reelection in 2020, though Murkowski doesn't face an election until 2022.