While progressives on twitter and Facebook are obsessed with Russia and Trump, the people Democrats need to reach are more concerned about Trumpcare and jobs. According to recent polls, it’s dissatisfaction with the GOP repeal-and-replace bill that’s doing the most damage to the GOP’s numbers. Trump’s low approval ratings may hurt the GOP, but the AHCA and rising premiums are hurting families. Voters are blaming the party in power for the problems with their health care.
A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 55% of people have an unfavorable view of the GOP’s ACHA while on 31% approve of it. As for Obamacare, it’s coming into its own. About half the country has a favorable impression of the law while 42% have an unfavorable impression. By a measure of 63% to 26%, people say Trump and the GOP now have responsibility for problems with their health care.
To make matters worse, insurance CEOs are blaming Trump for increases in premiums this year. Brad Wilson, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, said that the company is asking for 23% increase in premiums because Trump and Congress won’t fully fund the program. “The failure of the administration and the House to bring certainty and clarity by funding Cost-Sharing Reductions has caused our company to file a 22.9 percent premium increase, rather than one that is materially lower. That will impact hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians.”
Wilson is backed up former CEO of Molina insurance, J. Mario Molina. “Most of the instability driving up premiums in the marketplace can be directly traced to Republicans’ efforts to undermine the healthcare law for their own political purposes.” Look for that quote in ads in the fall of 2018.
In the recent Civitas poll of North Carolina voters, 43% believe the Republican health care bill would make health care worse, while only 27% believe it would be an improvement. Those voters also disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing by a measure of 53% to 42%. Those numbers are creating a difficult political environment for Republicans here.
Democrats should keep focused on health care and economic concerns and not get too distracted by the shiny ball that’s Russian collusion. Voters are self-interested and they’re very sensitive about their health care. Democrats should know that better than anyone. They should stick with what works.
Thomas Mills is the founder and publisher of PoliticsNC.com. Before beginning PoliticsNC, Thomas spent twenty years as a political and public affairs consultant. Learn more >