With Democrats’ victory in the House, Obamacare repeal is dead.
Democrats hold a strong advantage on healthcare and Obamacare looks stronger than ever.
Three deep-red states expanded Medicaid, a key part of Obamacare, via ballot initiatives.
Other states where Democrats won the governors’ mansions could also undertake expansion.
Just two years after the future of the law was seriously in doubt, the results of Tuesday night’s midterm elections solidified Obamacare’s standing as the law of the land and showed that many aspects of the landmark healthcare law are getting more popular.
Democrats ran hard on the preservation of key aspects of the Affordable Care Act, a choice that many in the party credit for their House victory. A handful of states also voted to expand their Medicaid programs under Obamacare.
Democrats won the messaging fight on healthcare
With Democrats regaining control of the House, the GOP push to repeal and replace Obamacare is buried for the time being. If you ask Democrats, the prospect of another shot at repeal helped propel the party to victory.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, widely assumed to be the next speaker of the House, pointed directly to healthcare as the key to the party’s path to the majority.
“It’s about stopping the GOP and Mitch McConnell’s assault on Medicare, Medicaid, affordable health care, and millions of Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions,” Pelosi said during a victory speech, referring to the Senate majority leader.
The ACA is polling near its highest level ever. And many of the law’s provisions, including protections for people with preexisting conditions, remain significantly popular. The rising popularity and the GOP’s legislative attacks on Obamacare allowed Democrats to draw a stark contrast with their Republican opponents.
Healthcare ranked as the top issue for voters in exit polling, and Americans generally trusted Democrats more than Republicans. According to an exit …read more
Source:: Business Insider