Network host Joy Reid said on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” that Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) have stalled the repeal of Obamacare because they are “leading kind of the resistance” to President Trump. On Wednesday, Reid said, “When it comes to politics I think it’s such a man’s world for so long—it’s so much of politics driven by men telling women what’s best for them. And that has not caught up to the 21st century in a lot of ways. I think the most glaring spectacle we have seen is this 13 member, all male, all white commission deciding what’s best for health care, including women’s health care.”
Reid went on to say, “These three Republican women are saying no. And these three Republican women are leading kind of the resistance to the bill, even within the GOP. I honestly have to say that, Nicolle, on the trail last year covering the campaign I noticed that particularly among young, young white women, in particular, there was not this drive a see a woman in the White House for its own sake. But after the election, suddenly you're seeing women saying, 'Wait a minute. We are being taken advantage of.' And women are stepping up a little bit as well.”
Those very same three Republican women came in for criticism from Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, and For America, who also called out Rob Portman. Club for Growth has vowed to target Murkowski, Portman, and Capito, all of whom said recently that they oppose the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill offered by fellow Republicans. That measure would repeal most of Obamacare. Only a simple majority in the Senate would be required to repeal Obamacare. Club for Growth President David McIntosh called the trio “traitors” for betraying earlier pledges to repeal Obamacare. Those three senators did vote to repeal Obamacare in 2015. Macintosh said that a vote against the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill is a vote to keep Obamacare.
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council predicted that Senate Republicans will “have to go on hospice, because they will say goodbye to their majority if they do not repeal Obamacare.”