I don’t think Kristi Noem reads much, but if she did, she’d read this new Quinnipiac University poll, look at the Republican health care plan, and shout, “Eject! Eject! Eject!”
American voters disapprove 56 – 17 percent, with 26 percent undecided, of the Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Support among Republicans is a lackluster 41 – 24 percent.
If their U.S. Senator or member of Congress votes to replace Obamacare with the Republican health care plan, 46 percent of voters say they will be less likely to vote for that person, while 19 percent say they will be more likely and 29 percent say this vote won’t matter, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds.
Disapproval of the Republican plan is 56 – 22 percent among men, 56 – 13 percent among women, 54 – 20 percent among white voters, 64 – 10 percent among non-white voters, 80 – 3 percent among Democrats, 58 – 14 percent among independent voters and by margins of 2-1 or more in every age group [Quinnipiac University Poll, “U.S. Voters Oppose GOP Health Plan 3–1,” 2017.03.23].
In March 2010, just before passage of the Affordable Care Act that Noem now wants to repeal, Gallup found support for the ACA beating opposition 49% to 40%. This month, Kaiser finds support for the ACA beating opposition 49% to 45%.
So Kristi wants to repeal a plan whose support ratio is 1.1 to 1 and replace it with a plan who opposition ratio is 3.3 to 1? Just how hard is math for you, Kristi?
46% of voters say a vote for TrumpCare will make them less likely to reëlect that Congress critter, while only 19% say it will turn them on. I don’t know if we can extrapolate those numbers to Noem’s bid to jump from Congress to the Governor’s office, but if that ratio held, for every 1,000 South Dakota voters she might pull her way, she’d turn off 2,400. (That’s why Dems angling to be Governor mention today’s vote in every campaign speech in 2018… and why GOP primary voters pick Marty over Kristi, to deny us Dems the chance to drag D.C. baggage into the governor’s race!)
You have a chance to get on the right side of this vote, Kristi. You have a whole Congressional term to return to the drawing board, actually pay attention at hearings, and come up with a health care plan that will cover more Americans, decrease costs, and provide better care. Bail on today’s vote, and take time to write a plan all Americans (or at least more than 17%) can get behind.