Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.
AmericansÂ rejected TrumpÂ and the Republicans during Tuesdayâs midterm election, but nowhere was that rejection more pronounced than on the issue of health care.
According to exitÂ polls, health care was the most important issue to 41 percent of voters â nearly double the percentage who prioritized the next most important issue. Health care hasnât topped that list in any other exit polls for presidential or midterm elections inÂ this century.
And of the many voters who named health care the most important issue, a whopping 75 percent voted for Democrats on Tuesday.
Thatâs a massive repudiation of Trump and the Republicans on an issue that is not going to go away.
It wasnât just blue state voters who made their voice heard specifically on health care.
Voters in three very red states âÂ Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah âÂ voted in favorÂ of bringing Obamacareâs Medicaid expansion to their state, which those statesâ elected Republicans had refused to do.
Republican desperation on health care reached an absurd fever pitch whenÂ TrumpÂ tried to warn a rally crowd thatÂ DemocratsÂ were really the ones who âwould obliterate Obamacare.â
Unfortunately for the GOP, there is a pile of receipts that say otherwise. It was Democrats who passed the ACA in 2010 without a single Republican vote, and it was Republicans who spent the next eight yearsÂ voting to repealÂ or weaken the Affordable Care Act at leastÂ 70 times.
And last July, Trump and the RepublicansÂ tried to passÂ a terrible health care bill thatÂ would have gutted protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and would have thrownÂ 26 million AmericansÂ off of their health insurance altogether.
Trump has alsoÂ sabotagedÂ health care in numerous other ways. His repeal of the individual mandate penalty, halting of risk adjustment payments, andÂ expansion ofÂ junk insurance haveÂ causedÂ premiums to skyrocket by more than $3,000 a year for families.
And TrumpÂ personally approvedÂ his Justice Departmentâs decision to support a lawsuit that seeks to declare Obamacareâs protections for people with pre-existing conditions unconstitutional.
But Americans who care most about health care werenât fooled on Tuesday night â and there are more of them now than ever.
Published with permission of The American Independent.Â