Senate Democrats aren’t relentlessly focused on health care on Twitter. Is that a mistake?


This month, a debate has raged in left-wing circles over whether Senate Democrats are letting President Trump’s Russia scandals distract them and the resistance from attacking Republicans’ health care bill.

It turns out that Senate Democrats tweeted about health care twice as frequently as they have about Russia scandals over the course of the past week, according to a new analysis of Senate Democrats’ Twitter feeds, provided to Vox by the Progressive Coders Network’s Matthew Borg.

Still, the numbers don’t exactly suggest Democrats have exhausted their capacity to call attention to the dangers of Republicans’ health care bill. From Friday, June 9, until Friday, June 16, Senate Democrats sent out around 1,670 tweets over their social media platforms. Of those, 324 tweets — or about 20 percent — have been about the Senate Republican health care bill, the analysis shows. In other words, less than a quarter of tweets sent by these lawmakers are about what some argue is the biggest potential change in their constituents’ lives. (An additional analysis by Borg that included retweets and quote tweets puts the number higher, at about 28 percent.)

Here are two charts by Vox’s Alvin Chang of the Twitter profiles for each Democratic Senator:

Should Democrats be talking about Trumpcare more?

Left-wing activists have grown alarmed that the public and media are not paying nearly enough attention to the secret Republican health care bill being drafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Some Senate Democrats are also frustrated. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) retorted at a press conference that he’ll now answer reporters’ questions about Russia by first talking about health care.

Unsurprisingly, some of the Senate Democrats who have tweeted most about Trump’s Russia scandals are on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the election. Sens. …read more

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