Obamacare premium hikes could push swing state voters to Donald Trump, Republicans

by Tom Howell Jr. and S.A. Miller - The Washington Times  |  published on November 7, 2016

John McCainRepublicans 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.

  • Tiger

    I have been warning people since it’s inception what this was going to bring to America. So now let those buyers who were not aware beware cause the only push they are going to get is into a dirt nap.

    • Rodney Steward

      We have to many Dumba$$es in this country, and it seems that many are getting MOE Dumber!! 🙂 Have you carried YO bad self to vote yet!!

      • Tiger

        Oh ya betcha and was waiting for the al Qaeda to attack but darn it nothing happened. They know better. They know that is their last hooorah.

        • Rodney Steward

          I think they’re waiting till after the election, regardless of who wins, they’ve been too quiet, somethings not right!

          • Tiger

            I thought the same thing. If Hillary wins they win if Trump wins then they don’t win and then they strike huge.

  • justinwachin

    Today is the day! We can begin to reverse the mistakes of the last eight years. Vote!!!! Let’s send Hillary Rotten Clinton into retirement. The first step in improving our nation is to remove the corrupt and incompetent Democrats from power.

  • justinwachin

    Obamacare is a bureaucratic nightmare. Costs are rising on this implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The costs will continue to increase for the insured and for the taxpayers. We need to replace Obamacare with a market based plan that will work to lower costs for everyone.

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  • bobnstuff

    Someone complaining that his grand children might not get to work full time at McDonald’s. Is he for real? I hope my grandchildren never work at McDonald’s full time. Healthcare costs have gone up every year I have been alive and the ACA has not made it worse. The same people complaining about government handouts are complaining that one of them isn’t as good as it was. only 7% of the population are covered by the ACA. This is a big issue for the republicans. so big that they have waster over 50 votes to repeal it but not one to fix it or to give healthcare to those that need it. Has anyone seen a republican plan to improve healthcare in our country? I think the republican view is let the hospitals take the lose and let those who can’t afford healthcare die. Just for the record the number of part time job vs. the number of full time jobs has not changed for years and there is no real proof that the ACA has caused job lose.

    • Rodney Steward

      If your grandchildren are no smarter than you, they’ll never get a job at a $15.00 an hr job noway! And just think, 8 years and the only achievement your Prez has is a failing healthcare system, smart ain’t he!!

      • bobnstuff

        Why does everyone think that McDonalds is a place that doesn’t need smart people? One of the major complaints about McD’s is service and mistakes in orders. Just because they don’t ask for a PHD to work there doesn’t mean you don’t need to be able to learn. Most of my Children have worked food service, so have I. Most jobs in the industry are part time and always have been. They are entry level and unless you go into management they shouldn’t be thought as a career. Just for the record if you are an American President Obama is your president to, like it or not. If you think the only achievement for President Obama is the ACA then you should crawl out of the basement and look around. Wages are rising now that there are more jobs then people looking, The stock market is up, double what it was in 2009, Fuel prices are stable and lower which is helping consumer spend which in turn is finally improving our economy. I also guess you must miss all the body bags coming in. As far as healthcare, we will decide today if we want to have a third world system our be like the other industrialized nations and have a healthcare system that works. As far as I can see the Republican system is “let them Die”.

        • Rodney Steward

          As far as your Prez goes, mine would love this country as much as I do and have served, and not hate it as his Kenyan born a$$ does! And Saudi Arabia is the reason for our low gas prices, trying to bankrupt our own gas companies with low prices, it ain’t your boy!We had 5 body bags come in this past 2 weeks from a war your Prez. declared over, but yet the B-TARD just sent 5,000 more troops over there! And as far as healthcare, that it is all but destroyed unless your poor or black, that’s what it was really set up for, it be called Obamacare that’s almost gone under! And as far as a 3rd world country, put Hellary in the house, she’s said that she intends to bring in 5 times the muslims as the boy, that’s as 3rd world as U can get! And let them die, that came from a pathetic DEM. that his own party basically kicked him out of the party! And like U said, fast food is a part time job, and was never meant to be a place to make a living, unless it is management like U said!! Now bobby, go vote for your SLUT!!

          • bobnstuff

            Hey brown eyes, did you buy your insurance through the Market place? only about 7% did so my guess you didn’t. If you got your insurance like most people your rate should have gone up about 5% and that’s a slower increase then before the ACA. Are you having problems seeing your doctor? Trump said the president has proved he was born in America. Trump took credit for making him prove it. Obama was elected twice as president and has spent most of his life serving the country. So has Clinton, unlike your boy Trump that has done zero for the country and doesn’t even think he should have to pay taxes. As far as troops, let’s see 5,000 vs 50,000 under the last president. Most troops will not see combat.

          • Rodney Steward

            Well we’re not poor or black, and we had the Cadillac plan that he said he was going to destroy, and he almost has! I’m like 80% of the people in this country, my insurance has gone through the roof with less coverage! Trump just said that about the brown clown to shut up the Soros media, and most people still don’t believe the POS was born anywhere but Kenya! And why would you have your Birth certificate sealed under lock and key, GUILT!! And by the way, Bush would have never let our people die in Benghazi, but Obama and Hellary did to cover up their gun running to our enemies, but your a uninformed DEM., like most!

    • used_to_be_a_liberal

      Go check this out! Chris Mathews has endorsed Trump, and so has Mickey Moore.

      • bobnstuff

        Just so you know Michael Moore did not endorse Trump. Only a fool would believe that one.

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