Democrats eager to make health care a key campaign topic

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Democrats eager to make health care a key campaign topic
In this Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, photograph, 27-year-old Caleb Jackson of Greeley, Colo., is shown outside a classroom building of the University of Colorado by Larimer Square in lower downtown Denver. Jackson, who has a neurological condition covered by the Affordable Care Act, is a graduate student in urban and regional planning at the Denver campus. Officials in several of the 11 states and the District of Columbia that run their own health care exchanges are reporting strong enrollments this year despite shortened sign-up periods, higher premiums and repeated efforts by Republicans in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is helping people such as Jackson. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Republicans on the campaign trail this year will be eager to tout the potential benefits of their tax cut plan.

Voters like Jeanine Limone Draut, a freelance technical writer in Denver, have something else in mind: health care.

Failed efforts by congressional Republicans last year to repeal former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act exposed deep divisions within the party while also revealing core benefits of the law that millions of Americans now take for granted.

Draut and other voters are tired of the attacks and the uncertainty surrounding the law’s future.

Both parties are paying attention, especially after a better-than-expected enrollment season under the health care law.

Democrats especially have used health care to go on the attack early in this year’s campaigning.