With midterm elections only three weeks away, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has given voters on both sides of the aisle incentive to go out and vote. Today, McConnell said that if Republicans are to retain control of the Senate, they could revisit a repeal of The Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare by conservatives has risen in popularity as time has gone by. There was even a popular Medicare expansion in McConnell’s own home state of Kentucky.
A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that 72% of respondents felt that “it is very important to them that insurance companies remain prohibited from charging sick people more.”
The Republicans tried to repeal Obamacare in July of 2017 but were thwarted by late Senator John McCain’s famous thumbs-down. Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also voted against the bill.
McConnell would like another opportunity at repeal. He told Reuters, “If we had the votes to completely start over, we’d do it. But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks. We’re not satisfied with the way Obamacare is working.”
This is the second straight day in which McConnell revealed plans that could help to galvanize the Democratic base. Yesterday, McConnell countered that the countries debt has been caused by popular entitlement programs rather than the Republican’s recent tax cut.
When referring to Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, McConnell said, “It’s disappointing, but it’s not a Republican problem. It’s a bipartisan problem: unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future.”
McConnell’s comments on both issues can be viewed as strange. While issues surrounding healthcare can be popular with the GOP’s base, Social Security and Medicare are important programs to voters on both sides. Time will tell if the left is able to capitalize on McConnell’s messaging.
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