With Donald Trump leading among men in battleground states, Hillary Clinton needs women like me to turn out in big numbers. No, thanks.
The Hillary Clinton campaigners have gone after my white, suburban, college-educated mom group hard this election season. She needs us to win the White House. This is especially true since I live in the swing state of North Carolina. With Donald Trump leading among men in battleground states, Clinton needs women like me to turn out in big numbers.
Historically, women like me have voted Republican, but that’s not a forgone conclusion. We are open to change, and all of a sudden, the late GenXer/millennial mom is now a coveted swing group that can alter the course of a national election. Clinton has exploited this opportunity by repeatedly declaring how misogynistic Trump is and how we need to “be with her” and make history together by voting for the first woman president.
While I would have loved to make history by voting in the first president of my gender, that’s not going to happen this time. I’m voting for Trump. It’s not because I’m blind to his many faults; I see them perfectly. But they pale in comparison to Clinton’s, not only her lack of trustworthiness and political corruption but her deeply flawed policies.
What matters to me are not appeals to identity politics and making history, but the platforms on which each candidate stands. Trump’s policies and proposals are more in line with what’s good for my family and country, while Clinton’s pose a threat to our individual liberty and welfare in just about every sphere, particularly health care.
Obamacare Is Devastating, But Hillary Wants More
My main reason for voting for Trump boils down one simple promise: to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and start over with much needed health-care law changes, but the right ones. The changes that put health-care choices back where it belongs: in the hands of individuals and families with free markets to compete and states free to make decisions for their residents.
Did the ACA make a few good changes, such as taking away the ability for insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions? Absolutely. But everything else that goes with it is simply unaffordable in the long run.
This is a point I think so many voters, especially women, and even more especially mothers are missing. They don’t realize just how harmful Obamacare will be. They look at their monthly premium and think it’s affordable, but they don’t see all the other costs. It’s like how most people view buying a car or a home: they get stuck on the number they think they can afford per month without looking at the total cost of the purchase. Despite my monthly premium being something our family can “afford” (and even that is questionable), when I look at the overall picture, it isn’t affordable at all. In fact, it’s devastating.
The “Affordable” Care Act is an absolute joke. It promises health-care coverage for all, but taxes those who can’t afford the premiums. So many insurers are pulling out of the exchanges that many people are left with one insurance option. This is certainly the case in my home state of North Carolina, where we are left with one insurer. That insurer doesn’t have to provide competitive rates against other insurers because that competition doesn’t exist. Even adding one other insurer into the mix doesn’t change the reality that health care is no longer affordable.
This is the reality for my family of seven: We’re a middle-class family with growing children, and when I get notifications detailing how much my health-care deductibles are going to go up and benefits I depended on to keep health-care affordable being eradicated in 2017, I immediately ask: how on earth are we going to pay for a major illness or a hospitalization? What seemed like a reasonable monthly premium on paper becomes more than a mortgage when you throw in the real cost if you have anything happen outside of routine exams and preventative health-care.