Peter King: I’ve all but Decided to Vote Yes on Trumpcare
It’s not clear whether this will pass today, though reportedly there are least three GOPers previously opposed who are now onboard:
“Several House Republicans previously opposed to an overhaul of the nation’s health-care system said Friday they are likely to support the legislation, as GOP leaders said a vote is expected by late afternoon to attempt to deliver the central promise that brought them to power.”
“While it was still unclear whether President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) have the votes to muscle the American Health Care Act through the House, their sales pitches appeared to be having some effect, with at least three lawmakers who had previously pledged to vote against the bill indicating that they have changed their minds.”
But as NYer in the 2nd Congressional District, this is a potential big one for us out here:
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a moderate who had expressed qualms as recently as Tuesday, when he was singled out by Trump inside a private meeting of House Republicans, said he had all but decided to vote for the bill.
“I’m not one they should worry about,” he said.
King while wearing his Islamophobia and passion for mass deportations quite loudly and proudly, usually keeps his position on the very divisive issue of taking away the health insurance of millions pretty close to his vest.
But now he’s putting his name to this bill. This is going to have reverberations. Hopefully many of you saw my recent posts about my strong consideration to challenge King in 2018.
I have already commissioned a poll with some very interesting results.
My poll showed that when I, your humble blogger, Mike Sax, was polled vs. King before they had any idea of who I am, I lost by 38 points-60-22. But once they get a chance to compare some of my positions on the issues to the 19 times elected NY GOP Congressman, I gain 27 points.
One issue that the poll showed was a clear worry for King is health insurance. As I explained ‘Obamacare’ or even ‘ACA’ or ‘The Affordable Care Act’ are still polarizing issues. When respondents were informed that King wants to end Obamacare and I want to improve it, 46% of respondents were more likely to vote for me, and 44% for King.
So it’s not a huge issue either way, superficially, though it’s not great news for King.
But when you talk about the fact that King supported Ryan’s plan to block grant Medicare 56% were more likely to vote for me, just 32% for King.
And that’s a key. Yes, the topline number is Trumpcare-aka ACHD-takes away the insurance of 24 million Americans. Some of that, as Ryan is always quick to point out, are people who only have insurance to avoid the penalty-young people, etc.
But 14 million of those who will lose are due to the end of the Medicare expansion.
So whoever challenges King will have a very potent issue here. Just remind voters that ACHD cuts $14 million off of Medicare.
Hopefully, the challenger will be your humble blogger. The 2nd District NY Dems have actually invited to meet them tomorrow at the Bayshore library so this will be my first change to make my case.
Wish me luck.
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