It’s well being care, silly – POLITICO

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It’s well being care, silly – POLITICO

Welcome to POLITICO’s West Wing Playbook, your information to the folks and energy facilities within the Biden administration. With assist from Allie Bice.  

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The final half-decade of American politics has been outlined by its seismic shifts. However one fixed has emerged: Democrats do higher once they run on well being care.

Tuesday’s midterms had been no totally different.

Regardless of a dour financial temper, displeasure with the president, and historic tendencies towards them, Democrats delivered sturdy showings throughout the board, placing President JOE BIDEN in place to maintain crucial maintain of the Senate (and in keeping with some starry-eyed aides, probably even the Home).

Because the celebration sifts via the outcomes searching for what went proper, an early conclusion is that for all of the concentrate on inflation and debates over democracy, tens of tens of millions of voters had been motivated by on a regular basis well being issues — and that sizable group trusted Democrats excess of Republicans to deal with them.

“When you have a look at these particular person members and who succeeded, well being care was an enormous a part of what they stood for and talked about,” mentioned LESLIE DACH, chair of the Democrat-aligned well being group Defend Our Care. “The American folks fully reject the Republican plans on well being care.”

In key races, susceptible Democrats like Sen. MAGGIE HASSAN of New Hampshire, Rep. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER of Virginia and Rep. SUSAN WILD of Pennsylvania ran on reducing drug prices and making well being care extra reasonably priced. Biden spent the midterm stretch run hammering Republicans for suggesting cuts to Medicare.

And looming over all of it was abortion, the place the risk to reproductive rights juiced Democratic enthusiasm and hardened opposition to GOP challengers. Amongst those that mentioned the Supreme Courtroom’s overturning of Roe v. Wade had a significant affect on which candidate they supported, 65 % voted for the Democrat, polling from the Kaiser Household Basis reveals.

Democrats have loved a transparent political benefit on well being points since 2017, when GOP makes an attempt to repeal the Reasonably priced Care Act backfired spectacularly and pushed help for the regulation to new heights. Since then, celebration leaders have sought to make well being care a centerpiece of their agenda as a result of, effectively, it’s standard.

“It has been in some methods an organizing precept that basically outlined and divided the events,” mentioned former Obama-era well being secretary KATHLEEN SEBELIUS. “And I believe the Dobbs resolution was simply one other piece of this puzzle.”

It’s a outstanding shift from 2014, when then-Sen. MARK UDALL (D-Colo.) was extensively ridiculed for focusing a lot of his unsuccessful re-election marketing campaign on reproductive rights (Mark Uterus turned the moniker of mockery). However contained in the White Home, there was little hesitation at leaning laborious into well being care, at the same time as some aides acknowledged Biden’s personal discomfort with making abortion a central pillar of his marketing campaign message. A Biden adviser mentioned officers crafting the president’s financial message centered it on reducing family prices largely to make for a simple pivot to Democrats’ well-received strikes to spice up entry to prescription medicines and medical health insurance.

Although some Democrats fearful that meant the White Home wasn’t speaking about inflation sufficient, the technique appeared to repay, as actually any Biden official will now fortunately inform you.

Because the White Home prepares the following section of its agenda, well being care is more likely to play a fair bigger function. The just-passed cap on insulin costs for Medicare beneficiaries formally kicks in subsequent yr, and Biden is raring to promote it as concrete proof he’s reducing prices. Democrats have additionally mentioned voting to develop that cap to all People as a option to additional stress Republicans, after the GOP blocked an preliminary try earlier this yr.

“We’re simply getting began,” Biden declared at a Democratic Nationwide Committee occasion Thursday.

On abortion, Democrats have floated a variety of choices, from holding a wide range of present votes to pushing insurance policies that pre-emptively defend different reproductive rights. There’s little that Biden can single handedly do, advisers acknowledged.

However at minimal, Tuesday’s outcomes justified their perception that abortion has turn into simply the most recent in a protracted line of well being points which can be surefire winners for Democrats.

“It’s a lesson the Republicans by no means be taught in terms of well being care,” Dach mentioned. “Individuals don’t need their freedoms taken away.”

MESSAGE US — Are you JESSICA SCHUBEL, the White Home director of the Reasonably priced Care Act and well being care? We wish to hear from you! And we’ll preserve you nameless. Electronic mail us at [email protected].

This one is from Allie. What was WARREN G. HARDING’s childhood nickname?

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SCOOP: State Division press secretary NED PRICE has advised folks he plans to depart his put up someday early subsequent yr, in keeping with folks aware of the matter.

He has been press secretary for the reason that starting of the Biden administration. Value has additionally indicated to people who he intends to stay within the administration in some capability but it surely’s unclear the place. He beforehand labored as an analyst and spokesperson on the CIA.

Requested for remark, Value mentioned: “I like this job, this staff, and this mission — and so they’re my focus.”

ON THE CALENDAR: The president will meet with Chinese language President XI JINPING on Nov. 14 in Bali, Indonesia. The 2 plan to debate “efforts to take care of and deepen strains of communication between america and the PRC, responsibly handle competitors, and work collectively the place our pursuits align,” in keeping with a White Home assertion. However throughout a briefing room look, nationwide safety adviser JAKE SULLIVAN mentioned to not count on many “deliverables.”

Our JONATHAN LEMIRE gives a curtain raiser on that assembly, together with Biden’s different exercise within the subsequent week as he heads overseas for the G-20 and two different worldwide summits.

WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS YOU TO READ: The most recent Client Value Index figures. Former Council of Financial Advisers Chair JASON FURMAN, not all the time the administration’s favourite left-of-center economist, tweeted Thursday morning that the most recent report “was a nice shock. Headline got here in at an 5.4 % annual price in October. Core (excludes meals & power) was an 3.3 % annual price. And supercore, which additionally excludes shelter & used automobiles, was just one.8 % ar. One other 1 or 2 months like this and might chill out slightly.”

SEE ALSO: “Wall Avenue surges as S&P 500 soars 4% on cooling inflation,” by AP’s STAN CHOE

WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE DOESN’T WANT YOU TO READ: Biden’s deliberate victory lap Friday on the COP-27 local weather summit in Egypt might not be all that warmly acquired. Sure, Biden obtained a significant local weather bundle via Congress when the Inflation Discount Act handed in August. However because the NYT’s Lisa Friedman explains, different nations, together with creating international locations, are more and more pissed off with the U.S., “the world’s richest nation and the biggest historic emitter of greenhouse gasses [that] has been absent from discussions on the summit this week a few new ‘loss and injury’ fund” that might pay reparations to poorer international locations ravaged by local weather disasters.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR: Senate Power and Pure Assets Committee Chair JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.) doesn’t plan to carry a listening to this yr on the nomination of Federal Power Regulatory Fee Chair RICHARD GLICK for one more time period, our JOSH SIEGEL and CATHERINE MOREHOUSE report for Professional subscribers. Glick’s time period expired in June, however he can stay within the function till the tip of the yr. With out Glick’s affirmation for a further time period, the way forward for management on the FERC stays murky.

THE NEXT IRS CHIEF: Biden introduced the nomination of DANIEL WERFEL to function the commissioner of the Inner Income Service, a place that may open up as soon as the time period of present commissioner, CHARLES RETTIG, expires this weekend, our BRIAN FALER experiences for Professional subscribers. Werfel has expertise in each the Bush and Obama administrations, working on the White Home Workplace of Administration and Price range and the IRS, and stepped in as appearing IRS commissioner again in 2013.

DEPT. OF WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY: Biden might have had an unexpectedly nice evening on Tuesday. Inflation could also be cooling off a bit. Democrats could also be slowly rising from their protecting shell of political panic. However that’s not stopping chatter about whether or not another person must be the celebration’s normal bearer in 2024.

On CNN, BAKARI SELLERS, a fierce KAMALA HARRIS ally, definitively declared that Biden is “going to be primaried.” Sellers went on so as to add that he helps Biden however {that a} progressive challenger will take him on. That, he added, is “a reality.”

This speak could appear misplaced at a second of triumph for Biden. And, frankly, the man is more likely to run and, if he does, virtually assuredly get the nomination. However chatter round this has been simmering for months and was certain to burst into public view after the midterms, regardless of how they went. Mockingly, the higher than anticipated displaying by Democrats has sparked new enthusiasm in regards to the celebration’s bench and the nationwide potential of a number of successful governors and lawmakers. One celebration strategist who was past the moon about Tuesday’s outcomes, DMed us later the following day: “I nonetheless suppose that Biden shouldn’t run. He now can exit on prime!”

For extra on these vibes, try the New York Instances’ FRANK BRUNI’s newest column.

RINGING THE ALARM: U.S. officers based mostly in Europe are warning their Washington colleagues that allies are rising indignant over financial pressures they’re dealing with due to the Russia-Ukraine battle — and so they’re placing the blame on the U.S., our ERIN BANCO and PAUL MCLEARY report. The stress might lead to European leaders pulling again their help for sanctions.

ROADBLOCKS AHEAD: The president is anticipated to spotlight this administration’s efforts in addressing local weather change via agriculture on the U.N.’s local weather convention in Egypt Friday however the efforts might quickly be challenged by a Republican-controlled Home subsequent yr, our MEREDITH LEE HILL experiences for Professional subscribers. Republican lawmakers want to reduce spending on local weather applications, principally via the Agriculture Division.

Twitter privateness executives stop, sparking FTC alarm (WaPo’s Joseph Menn, Cat Zakrzewski, Faiz Siddiqui and Nitasha Tiku)

An Inflation-Pushed Midterm Will Not Change Biden’s Financial Focus (NYT’s Jim Tankersley)

WARREN G. HARDING was nicknamed “WINNIE,” by his mom, in keeping with the MIller Heart.

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Edited by Eun Kyung Kim and Sam Stein.