There is a lot of speculation about a blue wave coming to Washington in November.
Many think Democrats will claim dozens of seats currently held by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, but Congressman Steve Stivers (R) is thought to have a strong hold on his seat in Ohio’s 15th district. His challenger, Rick Neal (D) is hoping to change that.
“People are talking a lot about health care this year,” Neal said. “They’re worried about that and retirement security, and they are really worried about what they see going on in the political system.”
Neal said voters he’s spoken to have expressed concern over the changes President Donald Trump’s administration has made to the Affordable Care Act.
“People are really mad and they are scared,” he said. “They don’t know are they have to go to the emergency room, go bankrupt just to get the care they need for themselves and their kids.”
Stivers has attempted to set himself apart in Washington by calling for more civility and an end to the across-the-aisle bickering. Neal said he, too, can bring change to the current climate in Washington, citing his advocacy work background.
“I was a humanitarian relief worker in Asia and Africa. I worked on the Ebola epidemic in Africa,” he said. “Humanitarian work is very collaborative and very practical. That’s the same approach I would take.”
Neal said if he is elected, his first priority is fixing health care.
“I hope the president would see the results of the election and see we’ve got to make progress there,” he said. “People really need help.”
Neal would like to protect state Medicaid expansions and stop Congress and Trump from chipping away at the ACA.
You can watch Colleen Marshall’s full interview with Neal above.