Americans Want Trump To Talk Health Care At State Of The Union, But It’s Likely To Only Get Passing Mention
Health care barely made an appearance in talking points the White House distributed to surrogates over the weekend. Some say it's because focusing on the topic would unnecessarily spotlight Republicans' failure over the past year to replace the Affordable Care Act.
5 Things To Watch At Trump's First State Of The Union
State of Union speeches give presidents the chance to make their best case for the year ahead – and that pressure is particularly acute for President Donald Trump as he tries to help his party keep control of both chambers of Congress in the midterms. ... Recent polling from POLITICO/Morning Consult showed that 59 percent of voters surveyed want Trump to talk about improving the health care system, followed by 58 percent who want discussion of creating jobs and improving the economy. ... “I hope he makes some mention of it because it is important to conservative voters,” said Lanhee Chen, the policy director of the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign. (Cook, 1/30)
Poll: Majority Want Trump To Focus On Health Care In State Of The Union
Most voters think President Trump's first State of the Union address should focus on improving the health-care system, according to a new Morning Consult–Politico poll. According to the poll, 82 percent of voters say it's important for Trump to address improving the health-care system in the speech, followed closely by the 81 percent who said it's important for him to talk about the economy and creating jobs. (Hellmann, 1/29)
Pro-ObamaCare Group Launches New Ads Ahead Of State Of The Union, GOP Retreat
Ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union, a pro-ObamaCare group is launching a months-long, six-figure television ad buy that slams last year’s Republican efforts to repeal ObamaCare, saying the bills would have lead to higher premiums and millions more without health insurance. The ads from Save My Care seek to “strengthen the Congressional firewall against repealing the Affordable Care Act, slashing Medicaid and sabotaging the health care system," Leslie Dach, Save My Care campaign chairman, said in a press release. (Roubein, 1/29)