Republicans are seizing on Democratic demands for a single-payer health-care system as an attack line in California, arguing that candidates backing the issue spearheaded by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are out of step with their districts.
“My opponent wants socialized medicine and government-run health care,” Rep. Mimi Walters (Calif.), a GOP incumbent and top Democratic target, told The Hill. “The district does not support it.”
Walters represents one of seven GOP-held seats in California that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won in 2016 that Democrats are seeking to flip. If Republicans lose those seats, it would greatly increase the chances that the GOP loses the House majority.
Republicans say that Democratic candidates might have done well running on “Medicare for all” in crowded primaries, when they needed to move to the left. But they say that position will be a major drag in a general election decided by more centrist voters.
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