Voters Rejected Republicans’ Health Care Sabotage, But Trump Refuses To Change Course
November 13, 2018
Despite voters soundly rejecting Republicans’ health care sabotage, Trump is still at it. One day after the election, he finalized a new rule that would further reduce access to care.
Health care was a defining issue in the Democrats’ Senate victory in Arizona, and it was the top issue for voters in the midterms that led to Democrats flipping control of the House.
The Trump administration just finalized a rule to roll back the ACA’s requirement that employers provide birth control coverage.
Wall Street Journal: “The Trump administration will allow religious groups, nonprofits, small businesses and some other employers to opt out of a requirement under the Affordable Care Act to provide birth-control coverage for their employees, a victory for religious conservatives who mounted a yearslong legal battle to eliminate the mandate.”
Health care was a “defining issue” in the Arizona Senate race.
Arizona Republic: Especially for women — who tend to be primary caregivers for children and aging parents — health care was a defining issue. Sinema made it the centerpiece of her campaign from the outset. Everywhere she went, she reminded people of her votes to maintain the Affordable Care Act, the eight-year-old federal law commonly referred to as Obamacare, which Republicans have tried to repeal or roll back.”
Voters ranked health care as their #1 issue, according to exit polls.
Vox: “Democrats campaigned hard against Republicans for backing legislation last year that would unwind the law’s protections for preexisting conditions, and health care came in as the No. 1 issue for voters, according to exit polls.”
Health care voters preferred Democratic House candidates by a 52-point margin.
Bloomberg’s Kapur: “Health care ranked as the top issue for 2018 House voters with 41% citing it. Those voters preferred Democrats by a 52-point (!) margin, per exit polls.”
Three states voted to expand Medicaid, and three more could soon follow.
New York Times: “Voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah, which President Trump won easily in 2016, approved ballot initiatives to expand the government insurance program under the Affordable Care Act. Democratic victories in governors’ races also improved the chances of Medicaid expansion in Kansas and Wisconsin, and all but ensured it in Maine.”