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 Salon.com, 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 Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren 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 Ann Warren2020 Democrat: 'My DM's are open and I actually read & respond' Group of wealthy Americans write open letter asking to be taxed more Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution MORE (D-Mass.) pushing Medicare for All, and other Democrats including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution Biden lays out immigration priorities, rips Trump for 'assault on dignity' MORE not wanting to go that far.

— Julia Manchester