The Kansas City Star had a great article about the groundswell of support by voters now that Obamacare is on the chopping block. Democratic pollster Mark Mellman, contending that “nothing concentrates the mind like a hanging. However, Obamacare has never been more popular. A Fox News poll found that 50 percent of voters feel favorably, compared to 41 percent who felt favorably about the law the last time the network polled on it, in the summer of 2015.
Ahead of a congressional recess next week, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are asking their members to host rallies, visit hospitals and talk to enrollees in their districts over the next week in a bid to keep the successful health care law alive.
The call for action, along with a grassroots movement that is staging rowdy protests at Republican town halls nationally, is complicating Republican efforts to move swiftly on their threats to repeal the 2010 law.
Florida Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, says she’s held events “constantly” and plans to hold an event Saturday to boost social media activism. She and a number of Democrats also plan to bring Obamacare enrollees as their guests to President Donald Trump’s first address before Congress on Feb. 28.
“It’s unlike anything I’ve seen,” Castor said. “Phones are ringing off the hook. The Republicans have no plan and that’s created a lot of fear back home.”
Antipathy to Donald Trump’s election also plays a considerable role for many Americans who otherwise may have been neutral on the health care law, Mellman said.
Indeed, congressional Republicans have already heard an earful from groups loudly voicing opposition to Trump – and in some cases efforts to repeal Obamacare – at district town halls across the country.