There are other possible reasons, including that Obama, when he said that,
I’m not referring to the “Save $2500” quote, because there’s indeed a lot of wiggle room in economic estimates. And we’ll leave the “keep your insurer” quote aside for the moment as well, although Politifact awarded that one the “Lie of the Year”.
The clear, unadulterated lie that Obama told was the “keep your doctor” quote, because the draft plans that already existed included narrow networks in a failed attempt to bend the cost curve. This wasn’t a maybe; it was a bald-faced whopper; it was indeed, as you put it, “a willful misrepresentation of the truth.”
The courts recently ordered the redrawing of districts in Penn. and NC due to wild Republican gerrymandering, which packed democrats into cities. Sometime back, FL too, had to redraw. The Penn redraw alone is predicted to have at least 5 new competitive districts, and one Democratic gain.
Oddly, the NC gerrymander was done by the GOP to protect the seat of a longtime (white) Democrat congressman. Because the courts ordered a redraw there, that gentleman will lose his seat to black Democrat congressman. Kind of a push.
But, reality is still reality. A flat out end to gerrymandering would, because of the urban concentration, result in the movement of only 2–3 seats to the Dems. It’s just not as much of a viable game as it used to be, because in a lot of states, once you meet the minority representation requirement set out by the VRA, there’s no room for any white Democrats.
AFTER the would/wouldn’t fiasco, which even had Republicans upset.
Yes, the Republicans like Lindsey Graham, who aren’t happy unless the US is out killing somebody someplace, were indeed upset. I don;t know about you, but I personally believe that one should try to be on good terms with a country that has a thousand nukes in silos targeted on your favorite cities, and I’ve held that position consistently since the end of the USSR.
At any rate, whatever Trump did or didn’t do prior to this month is now water under the bridge. We’ve tried to be on good terms with Putin for nearly 20 years now, and now we are not.