Eleanor Clift is a Washington correspondent for the Daily Beast reporting on the White House, Congress and the diverse personalities who make up the capital’s power structure. While a contributing editor for Newsweek, Clift was a key member of the magazine’s political team and in June 1992 was named deputy Washington bureau chief. She played a key role in Newsweek’s Special Election Project, assembling a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the 2000 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton’s run for the U.S. Senate, and in 2008, Barack Obama’s historic victory, documented in the Newsweek book, “A Long Time Coming.”
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February 19, 2020
The Democrats’ Surest Path to Victory Is Clear—Defend the ACA from Trump’s Attacks
IT'S ALL ABOUT HEALTHCARE
No matter who the nominee is, the Dems’ No. 1 job is to bang Trump on health care, and this group says it’s ready to do it.
It’s a never-ending battle to refute the lies President Trump tells about health care. He promises to protect people with preexisting conditions from insurance companies that want to raise their rates, or cut them off entirely. Yet his administration is in court arguing against the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which restricts the insurance industry from these practices.
He says he’s working hard to lower the cost of prescription drugs, but where’s the legislation? And the budget he sent to Congress earlier this month includes significant cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, programs he promised to protect.
A group dedicated to defending the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare, is staking its claim in the political marketplace on the power of the hard-fought protections in Obamacare—including the expansion of Medicaid into 35 states—to carry the Democrats to victory in 2020.
“A winning election (for the Democrats) is a referendum on Donald Trump and health care,” says Leslie Dach, a former top executive at Walmart who chairs Protect Our Care (POC), a resistance group created after the 2016 election to counter Trump’s threat to kill Obamacare.
“It is the kitchen table issue,” Dach continues, bolstering his case with polls that show 85 percent of the voting public want Obamacare’s protections but not everybody realizes the vast difference between what Trump says on this issue and what he and his party are doing, or trying to do.