Today was health care day.
“Washington — President Biden on Thursday signed a series of health care-related directives he described as reversing “the damage” done by former President Donald Trump, which including taking action to rescind and target anti-abortion rules.
“I’m not initiating any new law, any new aspect of the law,” Mr. Biden said in brief remarks from the Oval Office.
The president said he is “restoring the Affordable Care Act and restoring the Medicaid to the way it was before Trump became president, which by fiat he changed, made more inaccessible, more expensive and more difficult for people to qualify for either of those two items.” …
Mr. Biden also issued a presidential memorandum unwinding the Mexico City Policy, known as the global gag rule, which prohibits U.S. dollars from flowing to international non-governmental organizations that provide abortions, advocate to legalize and expand abortion access, or provide abortion counseling. …”
“Biden said his actions are designed to “undo the damage Trump has done.”
“There’s nothing new that we’re doing here other than restoring the Affordable Care Act and restoring the Medicaid to the way it was before Trump became president,” Biden said. “As we continue to battle COVID-19, it’s even more critical Americans have meaningful access to health care.” …”
It was another “meh” day.
The Mexico City Policy is a symbolic issue that has been batted around like a tennis ball between the two parties since the Reagan era. Neoliberal Joe signed some executive orders which restored the Obama era status quo on Obamacare and Medicaid. Neither issue is really a “win.”
The real question is why a huge win for Democrats like universal health care coverage will go nowhere in this Congress when 63% of the public now supports it:
The answer is that Donald Trump won 25% of the Democrat Leaning Working Class (DLWC) vote in the 2016 election. Trump retained his grip on lots of those voters in the 2020 election.
1 out of every 5 Republican voters is a Democrat on economics. 1 out of every 3 Republicans supports universal health care coverage. The polling on the issue may have shifted even further after COVID. Republican voters are warming on wealth redistribution and cooling on Corporate America. Meanwhile, White professionals and corporate elites are concentrating in the Democratic Party.
The problem is that the Democrat Independent Liberal Elite (DILE) or White upper middle class professional wing of the party has alienated all of these working class voters by taking extreme stands on culture war issues. Millions of White moderate voters support universal health care coverage and raising taxes on the wealthy, but also really dislike political correctness and open borders. They also dislike the focus on “trans” issues and climate change extremism and things of that nature.