As the latest version of Trumpcare has officially died in the Senate on Monday, Americans’ view of Donald Trump’s handling of health care is worse than any other issue.
According to a new Bloomberg poll, just 28 percent of Americans believe Trump is doing a good job on health care, and a stunning 64 percent disapprove of his handling of the issue.
— Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) July 17, 2017
Another unsettling sign for Trump is that just 62 percent of his diehard supporters think he’s doing a good job on health care – a sign that perhaps his support is showing at least some “cracks,” as Bloomberg pointed out on Monday.
None of this would be as troubling for the White House if health care wasn’t a big issue for voters, but according to the poll, it ranks as the most important issue by double digits.
Thirty-five percent of respondents identified health care as the top issue facing the country, and far behind, in second place, is unemployment/jobs, which 13 percent of respondents named as the most important issue.
Since former President Barack Obama left Trump a strong economy with full employment, more Americans have shifted their attention toward health care as the White House and Republicans in Congress have worked to undermine the Affordable Care at every turn and are working to pass legislation that would cut the law and hurt millions of Americans.
Luckily, Republicans have shown complete incompetence when it comes to governing and they haven’t been able to cobble together enough support for their various repeal proposals. Their latest setback, as I wrote a short time ago, came as two more Republican senators came out against the latest form of Trumpcare, effectively killing it in the Senate.
Their latest setback, as I wrote a short time ago, came as two more Republican senators – Mike Lee and Jerry Moran – came out against the latest form of Trumpcare, effectively killing it in the Senate.
Trump and Republicans may very well go back to the drawing board and find a version of health care legislation that will win enough GOP support, but if the president wants to improve his numbers on this issue, he’d be wise to stop while he isn’t ahead.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.