Is Sen. Murkowsi Bucking Her Party?
The GOP weren’t exactly supportive when it came to Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski’s reelection campaign. They enthusiastically supported Tea Party candidate Joe Miller when he won the party endorsement, going as far as to push Murkowski out of her leadership positions when she declared she would run a write in campaign.
Now, that lack of support may be coming back to haunt the Republican Party, as Murkowski openly challenges them over their insistence on repealing health care reform.
From The Hill:
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Thursday cast doubt on the manner in which Republicans have attempted to repeal the healthcare law.
“I don’t believe there are votes sufficient in the Senate to repeal healthcare reform,” she said. “And if there were, you’re still dealing with a president whose signature domestic legislative accomplishment was the healthcare. So he’s not going to allow for the repeal.”
The senator argued that Congress should seriously focus on reducing healthcare costs, but repeal efforts have not satisfied that need.
“We can and should be doing more to reduce our healthcare costs, but what I don’t think people want is the messaging that’s going on,” she said.
Murkowski said if it came to a vote she would still vote with her party to repeal the bill, but her vocal criticism makes it clear that she’s no longer lockstep with a party that didn’t show loyalty to her.