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The last half decade of American politics has been defined by seismic shifts. But one constant emerged: Democrats do better when they work on health care.
Tuesday’s midterm elections were no different.
Despite the bad economic mood, resentment of the president, and historical trends against them, the Democrats put in strong showings across the board, putting the president in charge. Joe Biden in a position to retain monetary control of the Senate (and, according to some star-eyed aides, perhaps even the House of Representatives).
As the party scrutinizes the results for what went right, the early conclusion is that despite all the focus on inflation and debates about democracy, tens of millions of voters were motivated by everyday health concerns — and that large group trusts Democrats far more. From the Republicans to address them.
“If you look at these individuals and who succeeded, healthcare was a big part of what they advocated and talked about,” he said. Leslie Dash, chair of the Democrat-allied health group Protect Our Care. “The American people completely reject Republican plans for health care.”
In major races, weak Democrats are like senators. Maggie Hassan From New Hampshire, Republic of. Abigail Spanberger Virginia and Rep. Susan Wild Pennsylvania ran to lower drug costs and make health care more affordable. Biden spent his midterm extended sprint beating Republicans for proposing cuts to Medicare.
Abortion was looming, as the threat to reproductive rights stirred up Democratic enthusiasm and increased opposition from Republican rivals to the Republican Party. Among those who said the Supreme Court overturned Raw vs. Wade It had a huge impact on the candidate they supported, with 65 percent voting Democrat, according to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Democrats have had a clear political advantage on health issues since 2017, when the Republican Party attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act amazingly backfired and pushed support for the law to new heights. Since then, party leaders have sought to make healthcare a centerpiece of their agenda because it is so popular.
“It was in some ways an organizing principle that really defined and divided the parties,” said the former Obama-era health secretary. Kathleen Sibelius. “And I think that Dobbs The decision was just another piece of that puzzle.”
It’s a notable turnaround from 2014, when he was then Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) Widely derided for focusing much of his failed re-election campaign on reproductive rights (Mark Oteros became the derisioned moniker). But inside the White House, there has been little hesitation in leaning too heavily on health care, even as some aides acknowledge Biden’s annoyance at making abortion a central pillar of his campaign message. One Biden adviser said officials crafting the president’s economic message have focused on cutting household costs dramatically to make it an easy focus of Democrats’ well-received moves to boost access to prescription drugs and health insurance.
Although some Democrats worried that it meant the White House wasn’t talking about inflation enough, the strategy seemed to be paying off, as any Biden official would now gladly tell you.
As the White House prepares for the next phase of its agenda, health care will likely play a larger role. The just-approved cap on insulin prices for Medicare beneficiaries officially begins next year, and Biden is keen to sell it as tangible evidence he’s cutting costs. Democrats also discussed a vote to extend that limit to all Americans as a way to put more pressure on Republicans, after the Republican Party blocked an initial attempt earlier this year.
“We’re just getting started,” Biden declared at a Democratic National Committee event on Thursday.
With regard to abortion, Democrats have presented a range of options, from holding a variety of exhibitionist votes to pushing policies that proactively protect other reproductive rights. Advisers acknowledge that Biden can do so little on his own.
But at least Tuesday’s findings justified their belief that abortion has become just the latest in a long line of health issues that are sure winners for Democrats.
“It’s a lesson Republicans never learn when it comes to health care,” Dutch said. “People don’t want their freedoms taken away.”
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scoop: Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs NED سعر price He told people he plans to leave his post sometime early next year, according to people familiar with the matter.
He has served as press secretary since the beginning of the Biden administration. Price has also indicated to People that he intends to remain in management in some capacity but it is unclear where. Previously, he worked as an analyst and spokesperson for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Asked about the comment, Price said, “I love this job, this team, this mission – and they are my focus.”
On the calendar: The president will meet with the Chinese president Xi Jinping On November 14 in Bali, Indonesia. The two plan to discuss “efforts to maintain and deepen lines of communication between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, manage competition responsibly, and work together where our interests align,” according to a statement from the White House. But during an appearance in the briefing room, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan He said not to expect many “outputs”.
our Jonathan Limer He lifts the curtain on that meeting, along with Biden’s other activities next week as he heads abroad for the G-20 summit and two other international summits.
What the White House wants you to read: Latest CPI numbers. Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Jason Furman Not always the administration’s favorite left-of-centre economist, Tweet Thursday morning That last report “was a pleasant surprise. The title came in with an annual rate of 5.4 percent in October. Core (excluding food and energy) had an annual rate of 3.3 percent. And supercore, which also excludes shelter and used vehicles, was just 1.8 percent. Another month or two Like this and you can relax a bit.”
See also: “Wall Street Rises With S&P 500 Index Up 4% Amid Slow Inflation,” by AP’s Stan Show
What is the White House? no Do you want to read: Friday’s scheduled victory lap for Biden at the COP-27 climate summit in Egypt may not be all that was received warmly. Yes, Biden got a big climate package through Congress when he passed the Inflation Reduction Act in August. But as Lisa Friedman of the New York Times has pointed out, other countries, including developing countries, are increasingly frustrated with the United States, “the world’s richest country and historically largest emitter of greenhouse gases.” [that] Absent from discussions at the summit this week about a new “Loss and Damage Fund” that would pay compensation to poor countries devastated by climate disasters.
See you next year: Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Joe Mansion (DW.Va.) It does not plan to hold a hearing this year on the nomination of the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Richard Glick For another term, we have Josh Segel And the Katherine Moore House Pro subscribers report. Glick’s term expired in June, but he can remain in the position until the end of the year. Without Gleek’s confirmation of an additional term, the future of leadership at FERC remains uncertain.
The next head of the IRS: Biden announced his candidacy Daniel Fairville To serve as a Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, a position that will be opened once the term of the current Commissioner expires, Charles Rettigending this weekend, we have Brian Faller Reports for Pro subscribers. Werfel has experience in both the Bush and Obama administrations, having served in the White House Office of Management and Budget and the IRS, and taking on the role of acting IRS Commissioner in 2013.
Administration. What you did for me recently: Biden may have had an unexpectedly great night on Tuesday. Inflation may calm down a bit. Democrats may be slowly emerging from their political panic shells. But that doesn’t stop the chatter about whether someone else should be the party’s record holder in 2024.
on CNN, Bakari sellers fierce Kamala Harris Ally, he flatly declared that Biden “will be a priority.” Sellers added that he supports Biden but a progressive challenger will face him. He added that this is a “fact”.
This talk may seem out of place at the moment of Biden’s victory. And frankly, the guy is more likely to run, and if he does, he’s almost certain to get the nomination. But the chatter about this has been simmering for months and was bound to explode in public opinion after the midterms, no matter which way it went. Ironically, the Democrats’ better-than-expected performance has sparked new enthusiasm about party seats and the national potential of many winning governors and lawmakers. One party strategist who was far from the moon about Tuesday’s results emailed us later the next day: “I still think Biden shouldn’t run. He can now come off the top!”
For more information on these sentiments, check out The New York Times Frank Brunilast column.
Alarm sound: US officials based in Europe are warning their colleagues in Washington that allies are growing enraged by the economic pressures they face over the conflict between Russia and Ukraine — and they blame the United States, Irene Banko And the Paul McCleary Report. The pressure could cause European leaders to back off their support for sanctions.
The road ahead: The president is expected to highlight this administration’s efforts to tackle climate change through agriculture at the United Nations climate conference in Egypt on Friday, but the efforts could face a Republican-controlled council next year. Meredith Lee Hill Reports for Pro subscribers. Republican lawmakers are looking to cut spending on climate programs, mostly through the Department of Agriculture.
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