The Koch network isn't pushing for Congress to try again this year to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, my colleague Caitlin Owens reports from the Kochs’ donors’ conference in California. Instead, the powerful conservative network plans to put its resources toward the 2018 midterms and promoting the GOP’s new tax law.
- “We would love to see Obamacare repealed ... but realistically, I don’t think that’s likely to happen this year," James Davis, executive vice president at Freedom Partners, says while adding this doesn't mean Congress shouldn't address health care at all.
- "Health care is too important. We shouldn’t stop working on it and we shouldn’t stop progress,” Davis says.
Between the lines: GOP leaders, particularly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have been clear that repeal isn't likely to happen this year. This means there won't be any pressure from some major conservative donors for Congress to try.
Yes, but: Part of selling the tax law will likely involve promoting the fact that it repealed the ACA’s individual mandate. “We made Obamacare voluntary, not mandatory," Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said this weekend.