While campaigning for the presidency, Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, Barack Obama’s signature legislation. In the days and weeks prior to the general election, the bad news that premiums were set to soar on average 27%, with places like Arizona seeing an 116% increase, was dominant in the news cycle. That no doubt aided Trump in his win since Hillary Clinton was promising to protect Obamacare.
Now that the election is over and Trump gave Hillary a stunning defeat to become the 45th President of the United States, Reuters polled Americans to find out what they believe should be first on Trump’s agenda as president.
Not surprisingly, healthcare emerged as the top issue.
Survey respondents were asked what issue Trump should prioritize in his first 100 days as president.
More than one in five Americans—or 21 percent—said that healthcare was the top priority. Another 16 percent said their top issue was jobs, followed by 14 percent of Americans who said immigration was important and 11 percent who said race relations was an issue.
This should be a glaring eye-opener for Congress, those on both sides of the aisle, that despite Obama’s false rhetoric to the contrary, Obamacare is not working for people, especially the “middle class.”
It’s no wonder that given the message by Hillary Clinton of a third Obama term, with a continuation of Obamacare, and one from Donald Trump of blowing up that system and repealing it, Trump’s message resonated more with flyover country, the part of America the Democrats have left behind.
h/t Free Beacon