Data from the special and legislative elections that have taken place in the past several months, coupled with a lot of polling, have made one thing very clear: Democratic candidates everywhere should be talking about healthcare. Voters care A LOT about it and are rewarding candidates who are on the right side of the issue.
The Affordable Care Act (sometimes referred to as ObamaCare) has never been more popular than it is right now. Every U.S. House Rep and U.S. Senator who voted to repeal the bill has had to face very angry voters in their states, and not just from Democratic voters. Although the Republicans failed to outright repeal the law, they have since passed other legislation that has sabotaged the ACA, and now in May, the numbers are starting to show that–just as we warned–costs to the regular American consumer is going way up.
Republicans kept promising that they’d lower the costs of healthcare, but everything they’ve proposed and voted on has made costs go up even higher. On top of the healthcare bill, they are also now targeting Medicare and Medicaid (which is tied more to the negative effects of the tax bill but an attack on the accessibility and affordability of healthcare nonetheless.)
Each candidate needs to tailor their healthcare message to speak directly to their community and voters. What each of us can do is 1) help them spread their message about healthcare, and 2) point out where their opponent is on the wrong side of the issue.
To help you do that, here are two lists.
Here are all the Senators who voted to repeal the healthcare law: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/07/25/us/politics/senate-votes-repeal-obamacare.html
Here’s are all the Representatives who voted to repeal the healthcare law (Ayes = voted to repeal the bill): http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll256.xml
Healthcare is a winning issue for the Democrats. Help keep the issue in front of voters starting now and through the November elections!