Vox: 10 House races where health care could swing the 2018 election

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Contact: Brexton Isaacs, Brexton@BetsyRaderForCongress.com

Vox: 10 House races where health care could swing the 2018 election
Piece highlights OH-14 as a race where healthcare and prescription drug prices could swing the election

Novelty, OH – On Wednesday, Vox policy reporter Dylan Scott published a piece highlighting 10 races, including Ohio’s 14th District, where healthcare is a key issue that could swing the election. Scott highlighted prescription drug prices as a key feature of Rader’s campaign.

Rader’s TV ads have focused on pre-existing conditions, prescription drugs, and Medicare. Joyce has come under fire for running ads lying about Rader’s position on healthcare.

Vox: 10 House races where health care could swing the 2018 election

October 31, 2018
Dylan Scott

Tax cuts for big pharma while doing nothing about drug prices: Ohio’s 14th Congressional District
What’s the district? Ohio’s 14th Congressional District, which covers the northeast corner of the state, east of Cleveland. The district voted for Donald Trump by 12 points in 2016. Cook rates it as Likely Republican, but the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics puts it in the Lean Republican column.

Who is the Republican? Incumbent Rep. David Joyce, who was first elected in 2012. He won reelection in 2016 by 25 points.

Who is the Democrat? Betsy Rader, a civil rights attorney who worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Obama.

In one 30-second spot, she contrasts her experience at CMS with Joyce’s vote for the Republican tax bill, which featured a big corporate tax cut that benefited top drug makers. “David Joyce: He’s not gonna do anything,” she says. “He takes their money and gives them a big tax cut.”

Drug prices are still a top concern for voters in 2018, a populist issue that crosses party boundaries. Rader is a bit of a long shot, but she is leaning into drug prices and a promise of confronting pharma in a district where she’ll need crossover voters.

Another district like this: Illinois’s Third Congressional District. Much like Rader, Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is attacking Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) over drug prices and linking the issue to the incumbent’s vote for the the tax law.