Senate Republican Candidates Are Running On Repealing the Affordable Care Act and Sunsetting Social Security

Despite Mitch McConnell’s best attempts to hide it, Senate Republicans have blown the door wide open on the Republican agenda if they take control in 2022. Now, while Democrats push to lower costs and expand access to care, Republican Senate candidates across the country are prioritizing gutting health care access for hardworking Americans and sunsetting Social Security – but don’t take our word for it, read what they’re saying themselves. 

Senate Republican candidates in battleground states are openly calling for repealing the Affordable Care Act, which would leave millions of Americans without health care coverage:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “At the northeast Georgia Republican candidate forum over the weekend, four Republican Senate contenders each signaled support for repealing the Affordable Care Act.”

Not to be outdone, more Republican candidates are endorsing the National Republican Senatorial Committee chair’s plan to sunset Social Security:

Politico: “Chris Hartline, Scott’s spokesperson, reiterated the senator’s point that he released the proposal in his personal capacity because he believes voters want to see a policy plan from Republicans to run on. Like Scott, Hartline contended that the tax plank would encourage people who are able-bodied to seek work. He argued that sunsetting programs and requiring reauthorization by Congress is ‘common sense’ policy.”

Daily Beast: “At least four GOP candidates in the most important battleground states this fall have either explicitly expressed support for Scott’s plan or have campaigned on the political views that form the foundation of his platform.”

And if these candidates win, they’ll join Senate Republicans who have endorsed these plans to gut health care and sunset Social Security:

Axios: “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said in an interview Monday that the GOP should repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, if Republicans retake control of the White House and Congress in 2024.”

Joni Ernst: “I think every Republican, as we step forward, will determine what is in the best interest for their own party dynamics within their states and defending what we believe to be true, liberty, freedom, you name it, that’s what we are for.”

Ron Johnson: “It’s a positive thing.” 

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel: “Republicans like Senator @ScottforFlorida have real solutions to put us back on track.”

Senator Mike Braun: “Independents are the individuals that elect the swing-state senators and the president, and I think they want something other than no or I’m not interested… I’m glad Rick did it. Nothing is going to be perfect…we’ve got to be for something.”

Senator Marco Rubio: “I think it’s good that people offer ideas.”

Newt Gingrich: “I strongly endorse the direction Sen. Scott is taking in the Senate, and that Leader Kevin McCarthy is taking in the House. Both men understand that a political party has to stand for something and not simply campaign against the other side.”

Senator Tommy Tuberville: “On board” with Scott’s blueprint 

Congressman Matt Gaetz: “Proud of @SenRickScott for producing this bold agenda!”

Politico: “Those who agree with his decision to put out an agenda — a group that includes senior officials at the RNC — say that donors and GOP voters are eager for a forward-looking agenda laying out what Republicans will do if they win. There’s a concern about a repeat of 2017, when Republicans, after running on repealing Obamacare, had basically no plan to realize that promise.”