Jan 8, 2020

DNC chair to hit Trump on health care in battleground states tour

Perez speaks in Memphis in April. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez is launching a battleground states tour — starting with a stop Thursday in Miami — to raise concerns about President Trump's approach to health care.

Why it matters: Health care is the top issue for voters in survey after survey and may be Democrats' greatest strength heading into the 2020 elections, while impeachment and Iran are less clear winners.

Details: Planned stops this month include Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The events also are an opportunity for Democrats to engage union leaders and minority communities they're seeking to turn out in November.

  • In Miami, Perez is to be joined by Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo; representatives from Alianza for Progress and the Borinquen medical centers, orgnizations that work with the Puerto Rican and Latinx communities; as well as the head of the local SEIU and local politicians.
  • The event is to include a roundtable discussion on Democrats' plans for health care affordability, including negotiating lower drug prices, and to argue that lawsuits and other moves by the administration to dismantle the Affordable Care Act have put coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions in jeopardy.

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DNC kicks off multi-million investment in 2020 battleground states

Chair of DNC Tom Perez on Dec. 19, 2019. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday that it will invest millions of dollars into six states in preparation for the 2020 general election, CNN reports.

Why it matters: It's the committee's first major political expense in the 2020 election cycle and targets competitive battleground states that President Trump won in 2016: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Arizona.

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State of the Union previews 2020's pre-existing conditions fight

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President Trump claimed last night during the State of the Union that he will "always protect patients with pre-existing conditions" — a statement that's misleading at best.

Why it matters: Pre-existing conditions protections are popular, and both parties are trying to claim credit for them. But only one of the parties has a track record of defending those protections, and it's not the GOP.

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40% of Iowa caucusgoers said health care was their top priority

Bernie Sanders at his caucus night party in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Iowa Democrats reported Monday that their biggest priorities were beating President Trump and health care — but the meltdown of their election reporting systems left their presidential choices unresolved.

Why it matters: We've been writing for months that Democrats have a major choice ahead, either picking an advocate of Medicare for All — and siding with the plan that's less popular with the rest of the country — or a public option advocate.