This post was written by Connor Balough
Trump has been delivered an 11th hour savior, in the form of Obamacare. Obamacare Premiums are skyrocketing as the program collapses.
The cost of healthcare insurance in the US under the Affordable Care Act is expected to rise by an average of 25% in 2017, according to the government.
And now with just two weeks to go before the election, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are tied in a new nationwide poll.
Released early on Monday, the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD)/TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence (TIPP) poll says the candidates each have the support of 41 percent of the voters. To be precise, Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, has a minuscule advantage, with 41.2 percent support compared with Republican nominee Trump’s 41.1 percent.Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received nearly 8 percent of the backing in the survey, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein polled at 3.7 percent. More than 4 percent of respondents said they were “not sure” who they’d vote for, and 2.1 percent opted for “other.” In 2012, the IBD/TIPP poll was called the “most accurate” by election predictor Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight.
Asked to choose among only the two main candidates, those polled gave Trump a slight lead, at 42.3 percent compared with Clinton’s 42 percent. According to the poll, Clinton is most popular among likely voters in the Northeast, as well as with women and black and Hispanic voters. Trump saw his highest numbers among people with a high school education, white voters and voters in the South.
In a separate poll released Sunday, Clinton led Trump by double digits. Half of voters in an ABC News poll said they’d vote for her, compared with 38 percent for Trump. The poll also showed that 65 percent disapprove of Trump’s recent statements that he will refuse to accept the outcome of the November 8 election unless he is declared the winner, and 59 percent reject Trump’s assertion that the election in rigged in favor of Clinton.
ABC News added that Trump’s tumultuous last few weeks, which have seen 11 women come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by the candidate, are responsible for his dip in support: 69 percent of those polled say they disapprove of Trump’s response to questions about his treatment of women. He has called his accusers “liars” and has threatened to sue them.
Despite the numbers showing support for Trump, voters in the IBD/TIPP poll largely believe Clinton will win the election. Overall, 54 percent think the Democratic nominee will win, compared with 19 percent who think Trump will emerge victorious. Among Republicans, 25 percent think Clinton is likely to win, while 39 percent think Trump is likely to win.
The IBD/TIPP poll surveyed 815 likely voters between October 18 and October 23. It has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points. The ABC News poll surveyed 1,391 adults, including 874 likely voters, between October 20 and October 22. It has a margin of error of 3.5 points.
Pundits and analysts are pointing to Obamacare for the riding poll numbers. This isn’t fairing well for Hillary. Millions of Democratic voters are leaving her as she continues to promise to preserve Obamacare. Trump wants to repeal it, and allow insurers broad open access across state lines in a more competitive market.
The average increase of 25% in benchmark premiums on the federal exchange compares with increases of 2% in 2015 and 7% this year.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has said she supports the Affordable Care Act, but has denounced “skyrocketing out-of-pocket health costs”, saying the federal government should have the power to block or modify unreasonable rate increases.
But at a rally in Florida on Monday evening, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said it was all over for Obamacare.
“Our country can’t afford it, you can’t afford it,” he said, promising his own plan would deliver “great health care at a fraction of the cost”.
Meanwhile, ObamaCare architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel sought Wednesday to defend the collapsing health care law he helped design, in a contentious interview with Fox News where he tried to pin the blame for rising premiums on Republican lawmakers.
Speaking with “The Kelly File,” Emanuel acknowledged premium hikes in some markets are a “problem” that needs to be addressed. But he also accused critics of “cherry-picking” the worst-case scenarios.
“Some have gone up higher than others, but the premium hikes are because they came in, they did re-calibrate the market. They were trying to get market share, and it is a correction. It is a problem that we do need to address. But it is not across the board,” he said. “And it is going to be a one-time increase.”