42% of Trump Voters Say They or Their Family Rely on Medicare
Trump ran on not allowing people to ‘Die in the streets.’ He was supposedly a different kind of Republican-a ‘populist.’
“Donald Trump is singularly concerned with people dying in the street.”
“We’re going to replace Obamacare with something so much better,” Trump said at tonight’s debate. That something is, unsurprisingly, a free-enterprise system. He illustrated the benefit of his plan by invoking a rather niche health care concern: “We’re going to take care of people who are dying on the street.”
“Not just anywhere in the streets, though. Trump’s plan will help stop “people dying in the middle of the street.”
This was one of those times you shouldn’t have taken him literally. The media, of course, vetted him little during the campaign. We now see what Trumponomics is, and people really are going to die.
“The Congressional Budget Office will release its score of the GOP health-care bill today, and whatever the details, it will confirm once again that the Republican plan would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid, leaving many millions uncovered. This, plus continued discussion of President Trump’s budget — which would heap a whole array of other cuts on top of that — will demonstrate that Trump is fully committed to a truly transformative downsizing of social programs that help lower-income people, packaged with an enormous tax cut for the rich.”
“But the evidence is mounting that Trump’s economic blueprint — whatever considerable harm it would do to people who didn’t vote for Trump — is also likely to hurt untold numbers of people who did vote for him.”
This demolishes the illusion that Trump is a ‘different type of Republican.’ What we’ve seen is he’s just as bad as a typical Republican only worse-treason, mass deportations, etc.
But his economic policies are just as bad. Sargent chronicles some Kaiser polling:
“This polling, which comes from Kaiser’s February tracking poll and was broken down at my request, shows that 42 percent of Trump voters, and 51 percent of people who approve of Trump, say Medicaid is somewhat or very important to them and their families. More to the point, only 24 percent of Trump voters and 20 percent of people who approve of Trump want to decrease spending on Medicaid, while majorities of both want to keep it the same and many more want to increase it. (A recent Quinnipiac poll also found that 54 percent of Republicans oppose cutting Medicaid.)”
“Meanwhile, other data suggests many Trump voters in the Rust Belt would be hurt by the Trump budget’s huge cuts to other social programs. Ron Brownstein reports on a new analysis finding that in four key Rust Belt states that flipped from Barack Obama to Trump, large percentages of those who benefit from food stamps and Social Security Disability Insurance — both of which would get slashed by Trump — are non-college whites, a core Trump constituency. Those states are Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Other data shows that large percentages of those who stand to lose health coverage under the GOP health plan in those states are also blue-collar whites. Many of them are likely on Medicaid, and this toll would undoubtedly be made worse by the Trump budget.”
Ok, but the question that begs-is this going to actually matter to the Trump voters? They actually have had profiles of Trump voters who acknowledge that they depend on ObamaCare and Trump’s bill would hurt them and nevertheless, they were still with Trump.
Still, presumably over time some will. Not everyone that voted for Trump is a hard core Trump supporter-of the 46%, it’s probably only 20% who are diehards.
“Trump took great pains to distinguish himself from Paul Ryan and limited-government Republicans by vowing no cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, staking out an ideologically heterodox posture that likely helped boost him among working-class white voters. Obviously, that’s no longer operative.”
“The White House has an explanation for Trump’s reversal on Medicaid. Asked by John Harwood to explain the flip, budget director Mick Mulvaney claimed the promise was supplanted by Trump’s promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. This is nonsense: As Brian Beutler explains, Mulvaney “layered a lie of his own on top of Trump’s,” because Trump’s budget cuts to Medicaid “go hundreds of billions of dollars beyond phasing out Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.”
Mulvaney has a great line for the blooper roll-we double counted on purpose.
Amazing use of brackets in Axios this morning. pic.twitter.com/L4i5zSULhH
— Brendan Duke (@Brendan_Duke) May 24, 2017
Mulvaney also wants to redefine compassion:
“Mulvaney repeated the statement he made yesterday, “The White House will no longer measure compassion by the number of programs we have or the number of people on those programs.”
Exactly, The new definition of compassion: the number of programs they can gut and the number of people they kick off the programs.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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