Data analyst: Health care is a top issue for Dems

Washington Post data analyst David Byler said that health care is one of the best issues for Democrats to focus on in an interview that aired Thursday on “What America’s Thinking.”

“Health care is one of the best issues for Democrats,” Byler told Hill.TV’s Jamal Simmons on Wednesday.

“We saw that in 2018, we saw that in the 2017 health care fights in Congress,” he continued.

Republicans campaigned heavily on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act in elections following the passage of President Obama's signature legislation in 2010.

However, once Republicans took control of Congress and the White House, they were unable to fulfill that campaign promise.

Democrats subsequently campaigned on health care in the 2018 midterm elections and ended up taking back the House from Republican control with a blue wave.

Byler said that Republicans running in 2020 contests should get behind popular parts of ObamaCare, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions. 

“I think that it makes sense for different Republicans to strategically try to play this in different ways," he said. "If you're a Republican who's in a competitive race, your instinct is probably to pick and choose parts of the ACA that you think are most popular and kind of get behind those." 

Julia Manchester