Kliff: Trump campaigned on repealing Obamacare. Do you think he's going to repeal all these programs that you've been signing people up for?And this:
Oller: The funny thing is, my husband said, “You know, he’s going to eliminate health care.” But he really can’t totally take it out, because everybody has to have health care. You can't go backward....
Kliff: Did you hear him talking about repealing Obamacare in the campaign?
Oller: Yeah, he was going to get rid of it. But I found out with Trump ... he says a lot of stuff. [laughs] I just think all politicians promise you everything and then we'll see.
“We all need it,” Oller told me when I asked about the fact that Trump and congressional Republicans had promised Obamacare repeal. “You can’t get rid of it.”There's a weird dynamic in American politics right now, which is that millions of people vote for Republicans on the assumption that they will never keep their promises to gut the safety net. The Democrats who are actually defending Social Security and Medicare get no credit from these small town Kentucky voters.
The one thing that might actually give the Democrats a commanding majority in American politics is if Republicans actually got enough power to do the things many of them have been promising for decades.