Data analyst says GOP health care strategy is like 'jumping on a rake'

Data analyst David Byler told Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" that Republicans' strategy on health care has become inexplicably self-defeating.

"I honestly don't have a great insight into Republican strategic thinking here," Byler told host Jamal Simmons. "It seems like jumping on a rake." 

Byler was referring to a Texas lawsuit, which has been backed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R), that seeks to throw out the entire Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as ObamaCare. 

The Department of Justice announced late last month that it was siding with the ruling that ObamaCare is unconstitutional. Trump's latest push to get rid of former President Obama's signature health care law has, however, received backlash from Republicans and Democrats alike. 

"People's general feeling on health care is that they like their plans, they want things to be similar to how they are," Byler said. 

"During the last health care push, where the Republicans tried to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the president's approval rating hit what I think was an all-time low," he continued. "It's sort of an issue where Republicans are trying to repeal and replace ObamaCare, or in some cases just repeal it, and that's been shown to be an unpopular move."

— Julia Manchester