(VOA News) – Health care in America is again expected to be a deeply divisive issue in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, with Democrats pressing for more government involvement through the concept of “Medicare for All,” and Republicans warning of increased taxes and looming socialism.
Health care advocates believe that growing public support for protecting and expanding health care programs will help Democrats in 2020, just as the party’s focus on this issue helped it win control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 election.
“Health care is a winning issue for Democrats. So, I think any way that they focus on health care and solutions is going to be beneficial to them,” said Anne Shoup, with the advocacy group Protect Our Care.
Republicans, meanwhile, have been on the defensive of late, unable to agree on a conservative health care alternative to both bring down costs and ensure access to those in need.
Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump failed in their effort to repeal and replace the Obama administration’s signature health care program, but over time have reduced its coverage benefits.