Republicans Easing Away From Call To Repeal Healthcare Reform Law.
The AP (4/1, Babington, Elliott) reports that top Republicans "are starting to worry about their healthcare rallying cry 'Repeal the bill,'" which "just might singe GOP candidates in November's elections, they fear, if voters begin to see benefits from the new law." Democrats, "hoping the GOP is indeed positioning itself too far to the right for the elections, are taking note of every Republican who pledges to fight for repeal." While "such a pledge might work well in conservative-dominated Republican primaries, they say...it could backfire in the fall when more moderate voters turn out." The AP notes that GOP Senate candidate Mark Kirk of Illinois has "eased back from his earlier, adamant repeal-the-law stance," and the US Chamber of Commerce, "which fiercely opposed President Barack Obama's health legislation, now urges opponents to pursue a 'more effective approach' of trying to 'minimize its harmful impacts.'"