Oct 20, 2018

How the ACA went from unpopular to (sort of) popular

Adapted from Kaiser Family Foundation. Note: Margin of error typicallly ±3 percentage points. Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested this week that Republicans might take another run at repealing the Affordable Care Act if they win more seats in November, it was a good line for Republican voters — but not for the rest of the public.

Between the lines: The law really was unpopular throughout most of Barack Obama's presidency — especially in late 2013 and 2014, when the website was crashing and people's individual health plans were being canceled. But look when it became more popular again: right after Donald Trump became president. And it still is, even though Republican voters still want to repeal it.

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GOP monetizes impeachment as Dems try to change the subject

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Republicans have embraced impeachment as a boost for fundraising and messaging more easily than Democrats, who are playing up a few impeachment "villains" to swing voters — but are also making it clear they’d rather talk about health care.

Why it matters: Assuming Trump gets impeached by the House this week and acquitted next month by the Senate, Republicans and Democrats are already looking beyond the legislative exercise to shape next November's elections.

Go deeperArrowDec 17, 2019

Focus group: Pennsylvania swing voters unhappy with McConnell's impeachment comments

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Staff

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's public comment that he will not be an "impartial juror" in President Trump's Senate trial has alienated some swing voters here — even though they support Trump and are fed up with impeachment.

Why it matters: These voters told us they think all 100 senators on both sides of the aisle have a responsibility to be impartial under the Constitution. (Their oath requires them to promise "impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.")

Go deeperArrowJan 13, 2020

The health care debate we ought to be having

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Scott Eisen/Getty Images and Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Americans worry a lot about how to get and pay for good health care, but the 2020 presidential candidates are barely talking about what's at the root of these problems: Almost every incentive in the U.S. health care system is broken.

Why it matters: President Trump and most of the Democratic field are minimizing the hard conversations with voters about why health care eats up so much of each paycheck and what it would really take to change things.