Isn’t It Ironic? States That Benefited Most From Obamacare Elected Republicans
“Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia — states that saw substantial drops in the proportion of their residents without insurance — all elected Republican Senate candidates who oppose the Affordable Care Act,” reports The New York Times. Control of the West Virginia state House of Delegates switched from Democrats to Republicans; Arkansas elected Republican supermajorities to both houses of its legislature, and the state also elected a Republican governor, which experts say may imperil the Medicaid expansion that helped more than 200,000 of the state’s poorest residents get health insurance.
“Counties that showed the biggest gains in insurance coverage were more likely to be strongly Republican-leaning than Democratic based on their 2012 presidential votes, according to an Upshot analysis of data from Enroll America and Civis Analytics. That pattern appears to have held,” reports the Times.
Actually, republicans were favored to win in many of these races. It seems people had forgotten about the battle for Obamacare when they stepped out to vote, Polling has shown that health reform was no longer a decisive issue for many voters.