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As the year winds down, STAT reporters are taking a look at the stories they’re most eager to track in 2018. Find all our “three to watch” series here

Among the many issues Democrats hope to use to their advantage before the 2018 midterm elections — think Russia, a controversial tax overhaul, and a broader referendum on President Trump’s time in the White House — expect to see health care at or near the top of the list.

The Senate came a vote away in August from repealing the Affordable Care Act. Congress has yet to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the sweeping tax bill it approved in late December is likely to destabilize current ACA exchanges via a repeal of the law’s individual mandate.

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