After Cantor’s Loss, GOP Efforts To ‘Replace’ Health Law Face New Challenges
Before his primary election defeat by challenger David Brat, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was involved in drafting a GOP health law alternative.
The Wall Street Journal: Eric Cantor To Step Down As House Majority Leader
On the policy front, the Cantor defeat squelches whatever slim chance remained for Congress to enact immigration reform later this year. The majority leader was also in the process of drafting a Republican alternative to the 2010 health law and building an agenda for the next Congress, when many expected him to assume the House speakership from John Boehner of Ohio (Peterson, O’Connor and Hook, 6/11).
Politico: No Eric Cantor, No Obamacare ‘Replace’ Vote
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking primary loss Tuesday night all but kills any chance of the House voting on an Obamacare replacement bill this year. The prospects of Republicans rallying around a replacement policy and scheduling a vote was already an uphill endeavor -- one that few expected to actually happen. After all, the House GOP had been trying to agree to a plan for several years already (Haberkorn, 6/11).
Meanwhile, what about the candidate who won that congressional primary --
The Wall Street Journal: David Brat's Writings Give An Early Picture Of His Political Philosophy
He opposes government efforts to help the poor through unemployment and health insurance because it would, he warned, leave them entitled. He has said that a dictator like Hitler "could all happen again, quite easily" if Christian people don't strongly assert their faith (Epstein, 6/11).