Bad news for Rep. Knight: Majority of voters say health care is #1 issue

Congressman Steve Knight

Congressman Steve Knight voted to get rid of health care protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

In a new Fox News poll, health care tops the list of most important issues as voters approach the midterm elections.

The poll is full of bad news for Knight, one of Trump’s most loyal supporters in Congress.

Congressman Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) voted to make health care more expensive for millions of people, including a vote to take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

But 58 percent of voters who say health care is “extremely important” in how they will vote in House races prefer Democratic candidates by a wide 24-point margin.

“Majorities of likely voters are ‘extremely’ concerned about the affordability of health care (65 percent), denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions (62), and people losing health insurance (61),” reports Fox News.

Knight’s voting record on health care highlights every single fear expressed by voters in the Fox News poll.

Knight voted for the Republican health care bill which would have sent health care premiums skyrocketing, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. He also voted in favor of an “age tax” provision which would make health care more expensive for folks aged 50-64.

If the bill Knight supported had become law, coverage for pre-existing conditions would be at risk. According to Politifact, Knight wanted insurers to be able to, “charge people significantly more if they had a pre-existing condition like heart disease, cancer, diabetes or arthritis — possibly requiring people to pay thousands of dollars extra every year to remain insured.”

And hitting the trifecta of voter fears, Knight’s preferred policy would have caused 23 million people to lose health insurance.

Knight’s opponent, Democrat Katie Hill, has made health care one of her top issues in the midterm election. Whereas Knight voted to repeal the popular Affordable Care Act, Hill has vowed to protect and strengthen the law.

When asked if they preferred a member of Congress who is either a check on Trump or helps enacts Trump’s policies, 53 percent of voters want a check on Trump. Yet Knight has backed the Trump agenda 99 percent of the time when he casts votes in Congress. So when it comes to voting, there is no daylight between Knight’s agenda and the Trump agenda.

Unfortunately for Knight, only 41 percent of voters want someone to help enact Trump’s policies.

Even though Knight won re-election in 2016 by more than six points, the race is viewed as one of the Democrats’ best pick-up opportunities in November. Most experts rate the race a toss-up, and recent polls give Hill a slight edge.

“If the election were today, the House would most likely flip,” says Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who helped Fox News conduct this poll.