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In Election Glow, Dems See Healthcare as Winning Issue

In Election Glow, Dems See Healthcare as Winning Issue
In Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam promised a vigorous push as governor to expand Medicaid. Voters who said healthcare was important went decisively for Northam. (Larry French/Getty Images)

Thursday, 09 November 2017 08:43 AM

Democrats are starting to see a political edge in healthcare  —  particularly the idea of widening Medicaid access for more low-income people — after big election victories Tuesday night.

In Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam promised a vigorous push as governor to expand Medicaid. Voters who said healthcare was important went decisively for Northam.

In Maine, voters defied Republican Gov. Paul LePage's determined opposition by passing a referendum to expand Medicaid to cover an estimated 70,000 more residents.

During Barack Obama's presidency, healthcare was often seen as a political liability for Democrats. But public opinion seems to have shifted amid widespread opposition to Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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Democrats are starting to see a political edge in healthcare  —  particularly the idea of widening Medicaid access for more low-income people — after big election victories Tuesday night.
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