Feb 8, 2018 - Health

Democrats bank on health care to help them in 2018

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There are at least seven Democratic candidates who are going hard on health care in their 2018 campaign ads and it reflects the party's thinking for one way they could win back the House.

Why it matters: According to internal DCCC polling, "Democrats in Congress have a massive 28-point advantage over Republicans in Congress on the issue of healthcare." And those who are already using it in their ads span the country from Utah to New York to Illinois.

What to watch: Incumbent Democrats, especially those eyeing a 2020 presidential run, will campaign on health care and support issues like single-payer and Medicare for All.

A worry: Democrats moving too far to the left on health care might give Republicans a renewed opportunity to pick up the repeal-and-replace debate, which would give the GOP plenty of ideas for attack ads against Democrats.

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