Voters are focused on healthcare; that's good for Democrats (Ted Kaufman)

Now and then President Trump brings up repealing GovCare and making the GOP “the party of healthcare.” He gets no support from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, however, as they are adept at analyzing election results.

Yes, there was a time when it was popular to talk about repealing GovCare, but the Republicans failed to come up with a plan and the voters get tired of waiting. Democrats ran in 2018 on keeping GovCare and making it better, and the message resonated with independents so the GOP got trounced.

“Every poll I’ve seen since last November indicates that healthcare will be the major issue once again in 2020.” For example, an AP poll showed that more Americans trust Democrats (40%) than Republicans (23%) to take care of healthcare. And there is also a polling edge (42% v. 31%) for the “Medicare for All” plan proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, probably “because Medicare is so overwhelmingly accepted and favored by United States senior citizens.”

The other major plan under discussion is adding a public option choice to GovCare, which “would introduce competition” to GovCare. That’s particularly attractive in states where only one or two healthcare insurance companies are operating [on the exchanges for individual HCI], e.g., Delaware [Highmark Blue Cross/ Blue Shield]. By the way, polls show that even Republicans (by 44%- 22% margin) support this proposal.

If Republicans ignore the polls, they may live to regret it in 2020.

Republicans probably did misplay this issue in 2018, but that doesn’t mean GOP candidates should adopt a “me too” approach in 2020. More government control over the healthcare system, which is basically what Democratic candidates will be advocating, is not likely to either bring down healthcare costs or improve the quality of healthcare services. Healthcare could be defining issue,
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