Denver, Colo - Republicans on the campaign trail this year will be eager to tout the potential benefits of their tax cut plan.
Voters like Jeanine Limone Draut, a freelance technical writer in Denver, have something else in mind: health care.
Failed efforts by congressional Republicans last year to repeal former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act exposed not only deep divisions within the party but also revealed core benefits of the law that millions of Americans now take for granted.
Draut is tired of the attacks and the uncertainty surrounding the law’s future.
“As a small business owner, it just wreaks havoc on how you do business,” Draut, an independent, said of the on-again, off-again repeal talk from Republicans.
“I don’t know if either party has a solution. My vote is pretty closely tied to my livelihood.”
Both parties are paying attention, especially after a better-than-expected enrollment season under the health care law.
Democrats especially have used health care to go on the attack, and the issue is coming up in congressional races in California, Colorado, Michigan, Washington and elsewhere.
A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Friday found health care as the top issue voters want congressional candidates to address.