ACA credited for Lamb victory in special election

March 16, 2018

Following the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District on March 13, Affordable Care Act advocates are touting a telephone exit poll of voters showing that fully 52% of those who cast ballots saw healthcare as a top priority—and they believed that Democrat Conor Lamb better represented their views on the issue than did his opponent, Republican Rick Saccone.

Conducted by Public Policy Polling within the heavily Republican district—which President Trump won by 20 points in 2016—the research found that voters remain angry about Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare last summer, The Washington Post reports.  

On healthcare, voters said Lamb better reflected their views by 7 points (45% to 38%) over Saccone. Among Independents, that gap widened to 16 points—with 50% saying Lamb’s healthcare views were more in line with theirs.

Saccone advocated for repealing the ACA and called on his website for “using free-market principles to fix our health-care crisis.” The Washington Post reported, noting, “His defeat raises many questions for Republican candidates eyeing this election year nervously—including how to talk about healthcare now that Congress has failed to repeal the law.”

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