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Democrats elevate health care as coronavirus-era campaign argument
  Friday 03 April, 2020
Democrats elevate health care as coronavirus-era campaign argument

WASHINGTON — Democrats are zeroing in on health care as one of the few issues that might resonate among Americans who have largely shelved election year politics as they focus on protecting their families from the spreading coronavirus.

Joe Biden, the prospective Democratic nominee, is criticizing President Donald Trump for refusing to reopen “Obamacare” enrollment to allow more Americans to sign up for medical insurance during the crisis. Congressional candidates are slamming Republicans for not doing enough to protect access to health coverage. And on Capitol Hill, Democratic leaders are pushing for the next coronavirus response legislation.

Democrats were always going to focus on health care after the issue helped them retake control of the House in 2018. But the coronavirus pandemic has added new urgency to the push, sidelining other policy debates that dominated the Democratic primary, such as free college education or sweeping environmental reforms.

“It’s definitely amplified to people who thought that it was not the overarching issue," said Betsy Londrigan Dirksen, the Democrat running against GOP Rep. Rodney Davis for an Illinois congressional seat. "Health care, and access to quality affordable care, is the No. 1 issue, and it will be on the ballot in November.”

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/04/03/coronavirus-democrats-elevate-health-care-virus-era-campaign-argument/2940823001/

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