Reading The Healthcare Tea Leaves In The 2018 Midterm Elections (Forbes)

FORBES | The November elections left us with a lot to digest—it wasn’t the decisive “blue wave” that some were predicting, but the tea leaves did tell us some interesting things about what voters believe and value, particularly when it comes to healthcare.

Interestingly, pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies found a notable phenomenon in exit polls: in races where Democrats won GOP seats, the number one issue was healthcare. Whereas in races where Republicans won Dem seats, the number one issue was jobs and the economy. With the Democrats decisively winning back the House, it’s clear healthcare was top of mind for many. As House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sees it, “Health care was on the ballot, and health care won.” It is actually quite rare in history that healthcare reaches this level of significance as a decisive issue in elections, and almost never in midterm elections.

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