Voter's guide to health care

Health Care is on Ballot — Here’s a ‘Voter’s Guide’

Election Day is Tuesday, and across the country, and the polls make clear: Health care is the top concern.

A recent survey from YouGov/The Economist asked respondents: “What is the most important factor in deciding who you will vote for in this year’s Congressional elections?”

As Newsweek notes: “Health care was chosen more than any of the other options.”

“Health care is routinely cited by voters as their top issue as they head to the polls next Tuesday, and rightly so — the midterms could help decide whether many Americans will have access to care and how much it will cost.”

— New York Times

In fact, as we previously notedthis poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that “As Health Care Costs Remain on Top of Voters’ Minds, Americans Cite Unexpected Medical Bills as Their Top Problem, Ahead of Premiums, Deductibles and Drugs.”

Further, Yahoo! News reports, there’s an “important reality of the 2018 election: No single issue looms larger on the campaign trail than health care ​– the subject of nearly half of all campaign ads for federal races. Voters want both low prices and high-quality care, and they show support for a strong government role on health policy, up to a point.”

Health care is on the ballot

Given this, the New York Times has published “A Voter’s Guide to Health Care.” The op-ed states: “Health care is routinely cited by voters as their top issue as they head to the polls next Tuesday, and rightly so — the midterms could help decide whether many Americans will have access to care and how much it will cost.”

It continues: “Given that interest, it’s worth clarifying the record on these issues so voters are informed heading into the polls. Will Republicans try to repeal the Affordable Care Act again? Will Democrats push hard toward a single-payer system — and, if so, what will that mean for employer-based insurance and Medicare as we know it? And which party will be more likely to protect Americans with pre-existing medical conditions from insurance discrimination?”

The piece then goes more deeply into Obamacare, Medicare-for-All, Pre-existing Condition Protections, and Prescription Drug Costs.

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