It should have been a lay-up.
Four of five Americans said they wanted to hear the President address his plans for improving our health care system in the State of the Union.
And as a salesman, Donald Trump knows you give the customers what they want.
Only he didn’t.
Instead, in an 80-minute speech, Trump devoted about two minutes to the issue of health care last night, claiming to have “repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare — the individual mandate…”
While it’s true the mandate is gone — in order to help pay for his sketchy corporate tax cuts no less — the Affordable Care Act remains intact.
Meanwhile, Americans are increasingly insecure about their health care. They don’t know if they’ll be able to afford it or if it will be any good, even if they can pay for it.
As I noted here yesterday, voters are planning to hold elected officials accountable when it comes to health care. More than half — 54% in a Hart Research Poll — say it’s one of the top two issues that will drive them to the polls in November.
But I also noted that voters are prepared to go it alone. Grassroots groups in states like Idaho, Nebraska and Utah are already planning to follow the lead of voters in Maine, who last year approved a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid after their elected leaders had failed to do so.
Mr. President, Americans know all about your health care “accomplishments” this past year. Three and a half million people are living the consequences of your “accomplishments:” they’ve lost coverage since you took office. Now they want to know what you’re going to do about it— or else they will do it themselves.