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If Obamacare falls, will GOP suffer the consequences?

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and other Democrats on Capitol Hill shudder at the prospect of federal courts finally toppling the 2010 Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

But at the same time, they’re preparing to take advantage of what could be widespread public outrage at the prospect of millions of Americans losing health insurance due to Republican efforts, with no contingency plan in sight.

And it’s all happening just in time for the 2020 presidential election.

“Republicans will own all of the consequences,” Schumer said on a conference call with reporters earlier this week at the start of concerted effort to highlight what they see as GOP responsibility for undermining health coverage in America. “Republicans are not the party of health care. They are the party that wants to end your health care. Republicans are the party of repeal and no replace.”

But if Democrats are feeling schadenfreude — pleasure over the misfortunes of opponents — Republicans so far don’t seem fazed.

“Why would we worry about Schumer’s political game?” said Leonardo Alcivar, campaign adviser to Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville.

Stefanik’s main Democratic opponent so far, Tedra Cobb of Canton, says the three-term Republican representing the North Country supports positions that would …read more

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