After failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act during his presidency, former President Donald Trump threatened to reopen the controversial debate over the law this past weekend, claiming that if he is elected to a second term, he is "seriously looking at alternatives.
" The campaign of Democratic President Joe Biden criticized Trump's remarks, characterizing them as just another “extremist” suggestion from the front-runner of the Republican Party. They also moved quickly to organize a counterattack, launching fresh advertisements in key states that contrasted Trump's remarks with Biden's attempts to bring drug prices down.
"We're going to use every tool in our arsenal to make sure the American people know that lives are literally on the line come November," stated Michael Tyler, the director of Biden's campaign communications.
"Donald Trump is campaigning on a threat to rip away health care from millions of Americans." The back and forth highlights a potential crucial issue in a rematch between Trump and Biden in the general election—assuming both emerge victorious, as is generally predicted.
Given Trump's overwhelming lead in the polls, Biden's team has long assumed that he would be the Republican nominee. As a result, they have increased their efforts in recent weeks to portray Trump as a threat to democracy and to portray his policies as extreme.
In particular, Biden has started to paint a picture of a disastrous future in the event that Trump prevails. This tactic could inspire ambivalent Democratic voters who may be more motivated to defeat Trump than to give Biden a second term due to lingering worries about high inflation, the course of the nation, and his advanced age.
According to a KFF poll taken in May 2023, roughly 60% of Americans say they have a positive opinion of the health reform bill that was signed into law in 2010 and is also known as Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act.
According to a recent ABC News/Ipsos poll, 37% of Americans believe Democrats will handle health care issues better than Republicans, while roughly 1 in 5 people, or 18%, believe Republicans will handle these issues better.
A third or so (34%) have no faith in either side. Nonetheless, a June 2023 AP-NORC survey revealed that 44% of American adults approved of Biden's approach to health care, while 53% disapproved. This comprised 17% of Republicans and 69% of Democrats, which is consistent with Biden's overall job approval rating.