ICYMI: GOP Record on Healthcare, Cuts to Medicare Unpopular with Arizonans

PHOENIX – Arizona voters, including a significant number of seniors, disapprove of the Republicans' record that makes health care more expensive, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. Not only did the AZGOP support the tax law that cut $477 million dollars from Medicare in the Arizona, but it also exploded the national debt by $2.3 billion. While unpopular with Arizona voters, the measures were supported by Kelli Ward, Rep. Martha McSally, and Debbie Lesko.

 

Reuters: As elections near, many older, educated, white voters shift away from Trump's party

By Sharon Bernstein, Chris Kahn

Key Points:

 

Nationwide, whites over the age of 60 with college degrees now favor Democrats over Republicans for Congress by a 2-point margin, according to Reuters/Ipsos opinion polling during the first three months of the year. During the same period in 2016, that same group favored Republicans for Congress by 10 percentage points.

 

The 12-point swing is one of the largest shifts in support toward Democrats that the Reuters/Ipsos poll has measured over the past two years. If that trend continues, Republicans will struggle to keep control of the House of Representatives, and possibly the Senate...” […]

 

John Camm has been a Republican since the Nixon Administration, but the 63-year-old Tucson accountant says he will likely support a Democrat for Congress in November. He is splitting with his party over access to health insurance as well as its recent overhaul of the nation’s income tax system…”

 

I’m a moderate Republican, and yet my party has run away from that,” Camm said. “So give me a moderate Democrat.”

 

Camm is not alone in his worries about healthcare. The number of educated older adults choosing “healthcare” in the Reuters/Ipsos poll as their top issue nearly tripled over the past two years, from 8 percent to 21 percent...” […]

 

Older, educated voters have even more clout in the Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, where John Camm lives.

 

They make up about 10 percent of the population there, the analysis shows. Adjacent to the University of Arizona Tucson campus and including some of Arizona’s few liberal pockets, it is Arizona’s most competitive district, said Paul Bentz, an Arizona strategist and pollster who has worked on numerous Republican campaigns.” […]

 

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