To this end, Democrats are removing a page from their past scripts of flipping the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.
However, during this cycle, Democrats are focusing on Healthcare-especially hopeful that they will ensure that people are not denied coverage due to pre-existing diseases-criticism The Republican Party has made the wrong pace in dealing with the still raging coronavirus pandemic.
Democratic strategists say that this combination is powerful. If the Democrats regain control of the Senate, it will be largely due to the party’s discipline in defending the Affordable Care Act and the Republicans’ attempts to overthrow it. One bill.
Democratic media adviser Ian Russell said the epidemic “brought new urgency to this issue.”
“There are now more than 8 million Americans with the coronavirus, and now they have this disease… If you do not have the Affordable Care Act protection, then all of these people may be denied coverage.”
The data illustrates this point.
According to the latest report from the Wesley Media Project, which tracks political advertisements, in the past two weeks, as many as 44% of the advertisements broadcast by Democratic Senate candidates on radio and television focused on health care, making it the number one issue.
In North Carolina, this has become the most expensive Senate campaign in American history, and it can determine who controls the Senate. Democratic Senator Carl Cunningham (Thom Tillis) voted against the current Senator Tom Tillis (Athfordable Care Act) and his role in preventing the expansion of Medicaid. The North Carolina legislature was the central theme of his campaign.
Cunningham When he fought back at the negative advertisement of Tillis, the first Republican Cunningham is trustworthy. There was a scandal about having sex with a woman who claimed that the two had extramarital affairs.
Cunningham said in a recent advertisement: “Thom Tillis is attacking my personal life desperately because he doesn’t want to talk about his records.” “Thousands of families do not have health care. Burden. I can’t afford the prescription. And we have made unremitting efforts to reduce the coverage of patients with existing diseases.”
The Wesleyan report found that Republicans also put health care as a top priority in their closing remarks. About 33% of TV commercials focused on health care.
Although the Wesleyan Media Project did not delve into the specific problematic framework of tracking advertising, co-director Travis N. Ridout said his feeling is that Republican advertising tends to respond to Democratic criticism. .
Riddout said: “They have been attacked by a lot of Democrats, so they need to strengthen their defenses.” “My feeling is [the Republican response] It’s a bit general to say “I want to protect people, protect their health care, so people don’t have to worry about everything being taken away.”
Republican candidates are vulnerable to health care issues for the same reasons two years ago: Republicans in Congress have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act many times, but failed, especially in 2017, when the Republicans in the Senate fell Curtain. Not enough to replace the law.
Since then, the Republican Party has not been able to ally on a viable alternative to the law because it is still reluctant to accept its legal basis, but in the 10 years since it was passed, the law has become increasingly popular, especially It is its original protection measure.
Experts say that the coronavirus will only exacerbate concerns about health insurance and the coverage of treatments and final vaccines.
Despite this, Republican strategists still doubt whether the Democratic Party’s health care information is responsible for the Republican Party’s struggle in key states.
“The Georgia Senate game is not competitive because Jon Ossoff is talking about healthcare. Republican pollster and strategist Jon McHenry said it is a competitive contest because of special President Lampe came first, and there were “Republicans” behind the ballot. He said that in many other next games, the same situation also played a role.
The Republican strategist Michael Steel, who participated in Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential election, said that the Democrats’ attacks on Republicans far exceeded the arguments of the Affordable Care Act because they were The response to this pandemic was inadequate, and no measures were taken to conceal its economic consequences to the whole country.
“I mean, when you can’t participate in a baseball game, a movie theater or a bar, or visit an elderly relative, there is the argument that if you abolish the Affordable Medical Care Act, it does not include the replacement of existing conditions Product… It is so relevant to the actual crisis we face,” he said.
Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who is working on Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, disagreed.
“This is a very, very strong message,” she said, especially among suburban women, white women with no college education, and Latino voters, who have legally received the most healthcare services.
She said that information on rising medical costs and the protection of existing diseases resonated the most.
She said COVID-19 has deepened and expanded the importance of Democrats’ healthcare information. First, many people lost their jobs during the pandemic, which usually means losing their health insurance.
In addition, “people absolutely believe that COVID will be considered a pre-existing disease if: [insurers] Is allowed to do so. Lake said that people are very worried about the affordability of vaccines or treatments and firmly believe that people without insurance will not be able to afford them.
As for Republicans, including those who support the Trump administration’s lawsuit and the 18 Republican attorneys general who demanded the Supreme Court to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Lake said that ordinary voters are bored and worried about their lack of practical health care solutions.
“Voting is like,’Enough is enough. If you have an idea, please improve it.'”
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