Dem debate on health care could complicate 2020 messaging, says political editor

Political editor Sophia Tesfaye said in an interview that aired Thursday on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" that the internal debate within the Democratic Party on health care could complicate the party's messaging in 2020. 

"The 2018 midterms show that they know that they can win and run on health care as an issue," Tesfaye, deputy politics editor at, told host Jamal Simmons on Wednesday. 

"I think the presidential campaign may complicate their message on health care a little bit more," she continued. "There will be a debate between factions of the Democratic Party that just want to say that ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act worked." 

"And then the other side represented by [Sen.] Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic MORE [I-Vt.] that says actually we need to scrap the whole thing and go for something larger, like Medicare for All," she said.

"That may complicate the Democratic message, but I think it's very clear and evident that Democrats plan on running on health care," she said.  

Democrats campaigned heavily on protecting voters from Republican threats to repeal and replace ObamaCare during the 2018 midterm elections. 

However, the party faces a very different election in 2020, with progressives like Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports MORE (D-Mass.) pushing Medicare for All, and other Democrats including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE not wanting to go that far.

— Julia Manchester