Cokie Roberts speaks on chance of Obamacare hikes changing voters’ minds

Cokie Roberts  (Photo: WKRN)
Cokie Roberts (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two weeks from Tuesday, voters will head to the polls to elect a new president, and the Obama administration just handed the Donald Trump campaign what could be a political gift.

Republicans have been saying for months that because of the failure of the Affordable Care Act, premium costs for those in the system will increase dramatically.

They were proven correct on Monday when the White House said rates will go up at least 22 percent.

Here in Tennessee we have seen rate hikes as high as 62 percent.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

News 2 spoke with ABC News commentator Cokie Roberts and asked if this could be an issue that changes voters’ minds.

“Pocket book issues can make an enormous difference, but, you know, Obamacare is already unpopular, and for the people who would be voting on Obamacare, I think they have already made up their minds, but maybe not,” Roberts explained.

“It is possible that somebody would just get a bill in the mail and say, ‘That’s it. I’m done.’ And, you know, to the degree that Donald Trump can talk about things like rate increases in Obamacare or, more important, he would be the change in the way things are done in Washington that works for him,” she continued.

Roberts also said this election is about more than Clinton or Trump; it’s a huge growing divide that has separated America into two countries, divided along lines of race, sex, religion, region and age, and for whoever wins, bringing the country together is going to be very tough.