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Democrats Say Health Care Will Be Key to 2018 Success, But Polls Say Otherwise

Democrats are already using health care as a wedge issue in Georgia and Arizona. But a poll released this week indicated health care is not a top priority for voters in 2018.

By NTK Staff | 05.04.2018 @1:00pm
Democrats Say Health Care Will Be Key to 2018 Success, But Polls Say Otherwise

The Democratic Party is feeling good about the 2018 midterms. They are flush with candidates, money, and now they believe they have a winning message.

According to the Associated Press, Democrats plan to use Republicans’ vote to repeal Obamacare as a “cudgel” against them in the upcoming November elections. In fact, they’re already running ads in some states to that effect:

Georgia Democratic hopeful Bobby Kaple, seeking the nomination for an Atlanta-area district, says “Thank God for Obamacare” in his spot showing his two young children, born premature but healthy after expensive medical bills.

In Arkansas, cancer survivor Clarke Tucker says he’ll “stand up to anyone who tries to take your health insurance” as he competes for the Democratic nomination for a seat surrounding Little Rock.

Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., seeking to oust GOP Sen. Dean Heller, has run an ad saying, “Repeal and replace Sen. Dean Heller” that highlights his support for repeal legislation after initially opposing it.

In Arizona, Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is highlighting her family’s loss of health insurance when she was a child, saying, “I know what it’s like for a family to struggle to make ends meet.”

But despite all the effort to focus voters’ attention on health care, a new poll released by Morning Consult on Thursday indicated that the issue is not a top priority for voters. In fact, when asked what their top priority issue was, only 17 percent of registered voters said health care. “Economic issues” bested health care by 10 percentage points, followed by “security issues” with 21 percent.

Among Democrats only, health care was the top concern of 22 percent, while economic issues earned the top spot at 24 percent.

So while Democrats are focused on health care, the rest of the country is focused on the economy. And on Friday, the monthly jobs report indicated unemployment was a 3.9 percent – an 18-year low.

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