Republicans who rode anti-Obamacare sentiment to majorities in Congress are relying on voters like Florida trucker Edwardo Arenas to help them win back the White House and undo President Obama’s legacy item once he’s gone.
Mr. Arenas said the health overhaul’s “employer mandate” requiring large employers to provide coverage or pay hefty fines is slashing jobs in the fast-food industry and other sectors. It’s one of the reasons he cast his vote for Donald Trump during early voting in Orlando.
“Because of Obamacare, with the mandate, you can’t find full-time employment in those jobs,” said Mr. Arenas, 50, who was worried about his children. “It hurts young people.”
Six years after passage, Obamacare is still cropping up on the campaign trail, as Mr. Obama turns to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to build on his signature achievement in lieu of Mr. Trump, who’s vowed to tear it down.
Yet Mr. Arenas appears to be an outlier in this cycle, as the 2016 campaign pivots on immigration, trade deals and the candidates themselves.