House Democrats credit healthcare narrative for narrow wins
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House Democrats credit healthcare narrative for narrow wins


Democrats, who ran and won on healthcare in the 2018 midterm elections because Republicans failed to effectively counter-message,  are once again poised to run on that very issue in the 2020 presidential election cycle.

The winning political line Democrats are pushing is “expanding access to healthcare,” or preserving the embattled Affordable Care Act.

After this past Tuesday’s elections in Kentucky and Virginia, where Democrat took control of both chambers of the Virginia legislature and won the governor’s mansion in Kentucky, progressives are crediting their healthcare narrative as the reason for the victories.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) press that very same narrative in a tweet, stating that the election results in Kentucky and Virginia were proof positive that Americans are focused on their healthcare.

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“Results in KY & VA show what affordable health care and stronger gun safety laws mean to voters,” stated Wasserman Schultz “ In 2020, Democrats will keep fighting for healthier, safer and more financially secure communities. Proud of the organizers, educators, candidates & volunteers who made it happen.”

But are the wins in Virginia and Kentucky a sign that Democrats have momentum moving into 2020, or something else?

President Trump campaigned for Kentucky’s incumbent Gov. Mark Bevins (R) and for the slate of Republican candidates. Bevin lost his contest by 5,150 votes – 0.36 %, but the rest of the “team” won their respective elections, leaving many voters and political operatives believing that Bevin narrowly lost because of his leadership, not because of Trump or any other political issue(s).

Bevins has options to challenge the election results and is expected to exercise them.

Republicans also won the governor’s race in Mississippi.


Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist. Diverse New Media, Corp. publishes,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking.Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics.Learn more at www.brownpeople.orgEmail him at [email protected]