Dem Groups Pushing Health Care, Economy in ’18 … But It’s a Lot of Smoke and No Fire Dem Groups Pushing Health Care, Economy in ’18 … But It’s a Lot of Smoke and No Fire – NTK Network

Dem Groups Pushing Health Care, Economy in ’18 … But It’s a Lot of Smoke and No Fire

New reports suggest Democrats will focus a midterm message on the alleged negative impacts tax cuts will have on health care. But ideas to boost the economy or fix health care? They're short on those.

By NTK Staff | 04.02.2018 @9:00am
Dem Groups Pushing Health Care, Economy in ’18 … But It’s a Lot of Smoke and No Fire

New reporting from Axios on Sunday suggested Democrats are focusing on two issues in the 2018 midterms, the economy and health care.

A senior Democratic aide told Axios about the party’s plan: “Anything middle class voters are seeing extra in their paychecks from the GOP tax scam will be offset by higher health care premiums and costs, so we will encourage Members to highlight that early and often.”

Besides the risk inherent in 1) blaming the Republican Party for rising costs in a program championed exclusively by Democrats (Obamacare), and 2) campaigning to take away tax cuts from Americans, it’s not clear Democrats have a plan to either boost the economy further or to fix health care.

For one, the Democratic Party is divided on single-payer health care. NTK Network noted in March that leaked Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) polling advised candidates “to not wholly embrace single-payer health care.” Beyond the political divide over the Bernie Sanders-inspired plan, though, is that single-payer doesn’t poll well when people find out they’d lose their current health plan as a result.

And on the economy, Democrats are competing with this:

  • The U.S. economy added 313,000 jobs in February, the strongest individual month for job growth in the year-plus that Republicans have led Washington
  • The economy grew at a 2.9-percent rate in the final quarter of 2017, with total growth of 2.3 percent in the year 2017
  • The minority party is already losing an advantage in their generic congressional ballot for this fall, in part because of the economy

As the famous hosts in the movie “Dodgeball” would say, “it’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for ’em.”

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