Health Care a Big Issue in Election
Key issue in Wisconsin; nationally 46% of House and Senate ads mention health care.
Health care is the top issue in U.S. Senate campaign ads across the country, according to a recent report by the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks political commercials at the national and state levels. Nearly 46 percent of ads for U.S. Senate and House candidates mentioned health care.
More Democrats are running health care ads than Republicans, which is a switch from previous years, said Wesleyan Media Project Director Erika Franklin Fowler.
There are nearly twice as many ads supporting Democratic U.S. Senate candidates compared to Republicans, according to the analysis of commercials that aired from Sept. 18 and Oct. 15.
In governor’s races across the country the biggest issues were health care, education and taxes, with the two parties airing roughly the same percentage of ads overall. The exception is in Wisconsin where there are more Republican ads supporting incumbent GOP Gov. Scott Walker who faces a close race as he seeks a third term.
Health care has not only jumped to the forefront in ads; it’s also been a talking point at campaign stops.
Both Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers have had former federal health officials stumping for them in Wisconsin.
The same day, his Democratic counterpart under the Obama administration, Kathleen Sebelius, was in Madison talking about protecting pre-existing medical conditions with Evers and his running mate Mandela Barnes.
Walker has promised to call a special session of the Legislature if a federal lawsuit against the ACA strikes down pre-existing conditions. Walker authorized the lawsuit filed by Wisconsin’s attorney general and officials in 19 other states. Whether Republicans have the votes to do so isn’t a given.
Listen to the WPR report here.
Report: Health Care Is A Top Issue In Midterm Elections was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.