Just not quite as bad as Bush did in 2006 or Obama did in 2010 but an ass kicking is an ass kicking. Ironically the reason Obama got his ass kicked in 2010 seems to have come around full circle:
Red-State Voters Opt for Obamacare – Mattie Quinn
Making sure the working poor have access to health insurance pays for itself, unlike tax cuts, and the unwashed masses appear to have figured this out. If you believe exit polling and I think there is a kernel of truth to what the exit polls found last week, health care ranked number 1 on the list of issues that were most important to those that voted. In Arizona, Wing-nut Senatorial Candidate Martha McSally resorted to lying about her record of trying to gut access to health insurance in a vain attempt to run from her past votes on that issue. You wonder who the hell these Wingnuts thought they were representing trying repeatedly to increase the ranks of the uninsured over the last two years but it wasn’t their constituents. Back to healthy workers being more productive, from Quinn’s article in Governing magazine linked above:
While the price tag of Medicaid expansion can come with some sticker shock, independent analyses have found that states often save money by insuring people — there are fewer instances of uncompensated care, and people are healthier when they have insurance. According to a 2016 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 11 states experienced some savings from Medicaid expansion.
2016 studies showing healthy populations pay for themselves are fine and dandy but is there more recent data? How about from next door in Louisiana:
Phil Bryant’s mishandling of this issue will be the biggest stain on whatever legacy he leaves the state and the refusal of Phil and the GOP to take Medicaid expansion to cover the working poor has contributed to some very real problems in Mississippi such as community hospitals breaking under the weight of having to eat the cost of uncompensated care along with the sheer human misery of not being able to have sufficient access to the health care system.
It is against this backdrop that an idea from the far left has gathered significant traction even among the right wing:
70% of Americans now support Medicare-for-all—here’s how single-payer could affect you ~ Yoni Blumberg CNBC (August 2018)
A new poll found that a majority of Americans support a radical change to the US healthcare system – Bob Bryan Business Insider (March 2018)
With Democrats talking Medicare for all while Republicans sloganeer about socialism while telling silly lies about Denmark the contrast could not be more stark as attention already turns to 2020, where the Senate map is much friendlier to the Dems. In 2016 the Trump lost the popular vote by 2.1% but pulled a squeaker out of the electoral college by taking Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania by a grand total of 80,000 votes. Trump’s party didn’t do so well in those states in 2018 and lost the total popular vote by over 7% nationwide. At this point all the Dems have to do is let the uncouth Trump and his band of supporters be themselves to set up 2020.