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00:00:00
>> We hope that every->> Democrats have high hopes for the 2018 midterms in congressional swing districts, like this one in eastern Kentucky, are a big reason for the optimism. Voters here are focused on one issue above all others. Healthcare, and that could give Democrats a big advantage in November.
00:00:18
Yasmeen Abutaleb is on the story.>> So the Democrats in general feel that for the first time since Obamacare was passed in 2010, they're on the offensive on healthcare. Now, they feel that they can blame the Republicans for what they call sabotaging the law. And that Obamacare has reached record popularity, so now they can say we wanna keep it and we wanna fix it.
00:00:37
>> This is my new mission.>> Kentucky Democrats running for Congress, like former fighter pilot Amy McGrath, feel emboldened after electoral victories in Pennsylvania and Virginia, where their candidates ran heavily on healthcare and the unpopularity of the GOP's attempts to repeal Obamacare since Trump took office.>> Feel so confident.
00:00:57
>> Residents of Kentucky's Trump supporting 6th district, home to Lexington and rural coal mining towns have reason to focus on healthcare. Many here suffer from lung disease and opioid overdose rates are among the highest in the nation. But Abutaleb says just because voters care deeply about healthcare, doesn't mean their votes will be in the bag for Democrats come November.
00:01:18
>> So one thing we found in interviewing people in Kentucky's 6th district, and this was reflected in national polling as well, is that a lot of voters don't seem to know which party is actually going to help them address their concerns with the healthcare system. Their views on healthcare didn't align neatly with one party or the other.
00:01:35
>> And Republicans aren't taking the Democratic push lying down. The districts Republican incumbent Andy Barr, whose opponent is yet to be chosen, is warning a vote for Democrats is a vote bureaucrats to control healthcare. So if Democrats do want to convince voters->> Now I'm running for Congress.
00:01:52
>> They're going to have to find a way to close the deal before November.>> He's Mitch McConnell's hand picked.