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Here Are 5 Vitally Important Issues That Are on the Line in the November Midterms

July 26, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

If Democrats win a chamber of Congress, it will a political game-changer.

It remains to be seen whether or not Democrats will be able to recapture the U.S. House of Representatives and/or the U.S. Senate in the November midterms, but if they do, it will a political game-changer. Donald Trump, whatever happens in November, will still be president until January 2021—or perhaps even January 2025 if, God forbid, he wins a second term. But with Democrats dominant in either or both houses of Congress, they would be able to limit or curtail some of the abuses of the Trump administration.

Some prominent right-wingers are predicting that Democrats will perform well in November. Bill Kristol, founder of the Weekly Standard and one of the president’s vocal critics on the right, has asserted that “the chances of Democrats winning both houses are pretty good now.” And even if Democrats only pick up one of the two, it “changes the dynamics for the next two years,” Kristol noted. 

Of course, Kristol has very different reasons for opposing Trump than liberals and progressives. Kristol views Trump as someone who is damaging the Republican brand and the conservative movement, and he would no doubt be delighted if former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio were president instead—whereas liberals and progressives are concerned about issues like reproductive freedom, universal health care, the national minimum wage and climate change. And they will have a lot on their minds as November approaches.

Here are five vitally important things that are on the line in the November midterms. 

1. Health Care Reform 

The outcome in November could very well determine whether or not the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare, survives in 2019. If Republicans maintain the House and pick up some seats in the Senate, they would likely vote to overturn the ACA. But if Democrats recapture either the House or the Senate, the ACA is safe for now—assuming the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t declare that the ACA is unconstitutional and rule that insurance companies should be able to conduct …read more


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