Republicans, GOP, Obamacare discussed on Biden's Briefing
Hey, listen to Biden's briefing every week. I'm him picking relevant stories and topics in the news share with and now under the briefing. GOP spending against ObamaCare plummets in two thousand eighteen election's Democrats are on the offense. While Republicans have largely given up on healthcare as a campaign issue by mandatory for Huffington Post. Since the Affordable Care ACT's passage in two thousand ten repealing ObamaCare has been the driving issue. The Republican party GOP lawmakers voted to defend change or repeal parts of the law at least sixty seven times while President Barack Obama was in office and they promised voters that if they won control of the White House, they'd make the dream of full repeal come true. Republicans received their chance in the two thousand sixteen elections, which handed the party control of both chambers of congress and the White House, but they failed to get the job done last year as voters, realized what they'd be losing and public opinion swung in favor of the law. The GOP has shown no signs of trying to take up repeal again this year. Now, Republicans are giving up on ObamaCare repeal as a campaign issue as well. Anti-obamacare ad spending in the two thousand eighteen election cycle has plummeted compared to the same period in the previous three cycles. According to the data compiled by Kantar media C MAG for huffpost. The reality of the situation is that Republicans really don't have much to say about healthcare. At this point, said Geoff Garin a democratic pollster who is president of heart research, what are they going to say on it? Admitted a Republican strategist who requested anonymity to speak openly and who previously worked at the national rep. Publican congressional committee will repeal ObamaCare. I mean, what are they going to say? That's believable. Democratic spending on healthcare ads is slightly up from where it was in the past three election cycles during the same period and democratic strategists and candidates say that for them, healthcare will be front and center. We see healthcare as the defining issue of the two thousand eighteen midterms said David Burstein spokesman for the democratic senatorial campaign committee. The Republican healthcare agenda is incredibly toxic with voters of every political persuasion. For the first time in an election cycle since Obamacare's passage, a majority of the public now approves of the healthcare law Democrats now have a sizable advantage over the GOP on the issue too. And in a recent huffpost yougov poll voters chose healthcare as one of their top issues. Even a poll commissioned by America. First policies? Ah, pro-trump group found that lower. During the cost of healthcare is the top issue for many voters of the respondents who said healthcare is a top concern. Only thirty four percent said they want ObamaCare repealed and replaced forty. Seven percent wanted problems with the law to be fixed while fifteen percent said they want it to stay exactly as it is. One of the ironies of the Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act is it's made it more popular in voters is especially as voters, have a chance to compare the Affordable Care Act to the Republican turnips. Garin said Republican, attempts to repeal ObamaCare met a wall of opposition last year as the details of GOP alternatives became clear, and Americans realized what it would mean for people who now benefit from the laws protections and financial assistance as part of a broader mobilization against the Trump administration and its policies. ObamaCare supporters showed up at town halls and protests around the country leading to high profile confrontations and please. To keep the healthcare law in place. Healthcare is one of the most personal issues far more so than tax cuts, which is what Republicans apparently want to run on this cycle and Democrats are using it in powerful campaign ads. Healthcare costs are still a significant concern for people and the GOP has largely dropped any efforts to make healthcare more affordable. Anna Greenberg democratic pollster at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner research cautioned that while there's no doubt that people are concerned about healthcare costs, she's not sure if that issue or any other particular issue will be what drives people to the polls in November in political discussions. People talk more about how much they hate the divisiveness in the country. She said, I think it's going to be interesting to see how Democrats can bring the healthcare issue in as an indictment of Republicans in their values, but also as an economic conversation at a time when a lot of this is being driven by this kind of larger move. Food in the country. She said Republican sense that healthcare is no longer an issue. They own representative. Mike Bishop Republican, Michigan is in what should be a reliably Republican district. But in an election year, that's already bringing unexpected winds to Democrats. Bishop's seat is considered a bellwether that could be up for grabs last year. His campaign site had a section about repealing ObamaCare. This year bishops issues page has no mention of healthcare, Stu Sandler, a campaign consultant for Bishop told the Washington Post that the new site reflects the congressman's accomplishments and that he hasn't changed his position on ObamaCare. I'm sure Republicans want to change the topic said Jesse, Ferguson a democratic consultant who works with groups on the healthcare issue. If you ask the captain of the Titanic, he'd want to change directions to. But after you've already hit the iceberg, it's too late. Tax cuts seemed to be where Republicans are focusing their energy and pinning their two thousand eighteen hopes. I think running for the benefits of tax reform is where I'm going to focus my attention on speaking about why we should be the party in Power in control and what that means for the American people senator Tim, Scott Republican, South Carolina, said Tuesday, when asked about healthcare in the midterms. But so far that measure which was supposed to be the highlight of the GOP legislative agenda isn't resonating as much as the party would have liked toward the end of the heated special election in Pennsylvania's eighteenth congressional district last month Republicans largely abandoned ads touting their signature piece of legislation on Tuesday house. GOP leadership told its members that they needed to get out there and start talking more about the tax cut law. Because right now it's not at the top of the public's minds. Republicans did run ads on ObamaCare in the Pennsylvania special election going after democrat, Connor lamb for supporting the healthcare law and Republican, Rick Sokoto supported repeal. But ultimately it didn't work lamb one in a district where the Republican incumbent who resigned over a sexual misconduct scandal had run unopposed in the previous two cycles Trump won there by twenty percentage points as well. Democratic poll found that the healthcare message was a winning issue in the race with a majority of voters opposed to what the Republicans wanted to do to the Affordable Care Act on the anti-obamacare side. The American action network is running the greatest number of ads and spending the most money. One million two hundred fifty, three thousand seven hundred dollars this cycle according to the data compiled by Kantar media, C MAG for huffpost on the pro Boma care side. The group save my care has the highest number of spots while J B Pritzker who just went illinois's democratic gubernatorial primary has spent the most money, two million one hundred seventy three thousand ten dollars yet the ongoing efforts to undermine the law and how that affects voter. Sentiments are an X factor in all of this last year's GOP tax Bill, eliminated the financial penalty for people who don't get insurance without that. In place. Healthy people are less likely to buy insurance causing premiums for those who keep insurance to rise. At the same time, Republicans at both the state and federal levels are doing what they can to change the rules on the kinds of insurance vailable. This is expected to result in cheap, but less generous plans for people in good health and more expensive premiums for people who want or need more comprehensive coverage, including those with pre existing conditions. The effects of some of these changes will become apparent this fall right before election day as consumers begin to learn what coverage for next year will cost Republicans will likely respond as they always have making. The argument senator dean Heller Republican, Nevada did in a closed door event this month. The problem they'll say, is still with the law itself. Give Republicans more seats in congress. And this time they'll actually repeal it eager bobick contributed reporting. That's it for today. If you liked today stories, share the region with the friend, let us know what you think on social media. Again, thanks for listening.