Elections

Health Issues Carried Weight on the Campaign Trail. What Could Biden Do in His First 100 Days?

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Joe Biden ran on an expansive health care platform during his 2020 presidential campaign, with a broad array of promises such as adding a government-sponsored health plan to the Affordable Care Act and lowering prescription drug prices. Perhaps most significantly, he pledged to get control… Read More »Health Issues Carried Weight on the Campaign Trail. What Could Biden Do in His First 100 Days?

Biden’s First Order of Business May Be to Undo Trump’s Policies, but It Won’t Be Easy

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The party split in Congress is so slim that, even with Democrats technically in the majority, passing major health care legislation will be extremely difficult. So speculation about President-elect Joe Biden’s health agenda has focused on the things he can accomplish using executive authority. Although… Read More »Biden’s First Order of Business May Be to Undo Trump’s Policies, but It Won’t Be Easy

Democrats Are Running Hard on Health Care in Georgia’s Senate Runoffs. Republicans? Not So Much.

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This story is from a reporting partnership that includes WABE, NPR and KHN. It can be republished for free. Vice President Mike Pence was the clear celebrity draw at a Nov. 20 campaign event for Georgia’s two incumbent U.S. senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.… Read More »Democrats Are Running Hard on Health Care in Georgia’s Senate Runoffs. Republicans? Not So Much.

California’s Progressive — and Expensive — Health Care Ambitions Rely on Biden Win

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SACRAMENTO — For deep blue California, where first-in-the-nation health care proposals regularly flood the Democratic agenda, there could not be more at stake in the presidential race. If Republican President Donald Trump prevails, Democratic state lawmakers worry, they’ll be forced to scale back their ambitious… Read More »California’s Progressive — and Expensive — Health Care Ambitions Rely on Biden Win

KHN on the Air This Week

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KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed the current surge in COVID-19 cases, health policy in the election and the Affordable Care Act case before the Supreme Court with NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Sunday and WBUR’s “On Point.” Click here to hear Rovner on… Read More »KHN on the Air This Week

If They Sweep on Election Day, Dems Still Face a Challenge Meeting Health Promises

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Democrats are favored to win both chambers of Congress after years of campaign-trail promises about health care. But with a pandemic, a more conservative Supreme Court and lingering disagreements between progressives and moderates, it could be difficult for Democrats to turn those promises into law.… Read More »If They Sweep on Election Day, Dems Still Face a Challenge Meeting Health Promises

Democrats Link GOP Challengers to Trump’s COVID Record, Efforts to Undo Obamacare

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In a tweet to his 78,000 followers Sunday, U.S. Rep. Harley Rouda, a Democrat from Orange County, California, described his Republican opponent Michelle Steel’s attendance at an indoor fundraiser without a mask as “sickening.” Democratic U.S. Rep. Gil Cisneros also blasted his Republican opponent, Young… Read More »Democrats Link GOP Challengers to Trump’s COVID Record, Efforts to Undo Obamacare

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: As Cases Spike, White House Declares Pandemic Over

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said this week that “we’re not going to control the pandemic,” effectively conceding that the administration has pivoted from prevention to treatment. But COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: As Cases Spike, White House Declares Pandemic Over

App-Based Companies Pushing Prop. 22 Say Drivers Will Get Health Benefits. Will They?

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App-based driving services such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart are bankrolling California’s Proposition 22, which would keep their drivers classified as independent contractors, not employees. Leading into the Nov. 3 election, the ballot measure — which has become the most expensive in state history… Read More »App-Based Companies Pushing Prop. 22 Say Drivers Will Get Health Benefits. Will They?

Colorado Initiative Would Further Limit Access in Middle America’s ‘Abortion Desert’

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Colorado voters are deciding a ballot question that seeks to limit how far into pregnancy an abortion can be legally performed. While the measure would change the law only in Colorado, it would resonate throughout the Rocky Mountain states and Midwest amid an intensifying national… Read More »Colorado Initiative Would Further Limit Access in Middle America’s ‘Abortion Desert’

KHN on the Air This Week

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KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed the impact of the election and the upcoming Supreme Court challenge on the Affordable Care Act with New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange” and WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” on Wednesday. Rovner also spoke with Newsy’s “Morning Rush”… Read More »KHN on the Air This Week

Want to protect people with preexisting conditions? You need the full Affordable Care Act.

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In this perspective published by the Washington Post, KFF Executive Vice President for Health Policy Larry Levitt explains why the popular Affordable Care Act provisions that ensure people with pre-existing conditions can access affordable health insurance can’t easily be preserved if other related provisions are… Read More »Want to protect people with preexisting conditions? You need the full Affordable Care Act.

Joe Biden’s Big Lead on Health Care Issues

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In an Axios column, Drew Altman discusses how this election year health isn’t a single issue — but several — and Joe Biden has the edge over President Trump on all of them, even as opposition to the ACA remains popular with Trump’s base.  

Health Care Groups Dive Into Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money

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SACRAMENTO — A November ballot initiative to raise property taxes on big-business owners in California is drawing unconventional political support from health care power players and public health leaders. They see Proposition 15 as a potential savior for chronically underfunded local health departments struggling to… Read More »Health Care Groups Dive Into Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money

KFF Health Tracking Poll – October 2020: The Future of the ACA and Biden’s Advantage On Health Care

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The poll examines the public’s views on the Supreme Court case to overturn the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Less than a month from the results of the 2020 presidential election, this poll examines the top issues for voters… Read More »KFF Health Tracking Poll – October 2020: The Future of the ACA and Biden’s Advantage On Health Care

KHN on the Air This Week

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KHN reporter Victoria Knight discussed this week’s vice presidential debate with Newsy’s “Morning Rush” on Thursday. Click here to watch Knight on Newsy Read “In Debate, Pence and Harris Offer Conflicting Views of Nation’s Reality,” by the staffs of KHN and PolitiFact KHN chief Washington… Read More »KHN on the Air This Week

As Trump Touts His ‘Great’ COVID Drugs, the Pharma Cash Flows to Biden, Not Him

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Pharmaceutical giants Regeneron and Gilead Sciences got the kind of publicity money can’t buy this week after President Donald Trump took their experimental drugs for his coronavirus infection, left the hospital and pronounced himself fully recovered. “It was, like, unbelievable. I felt good immediately,” Trump… Read More »As Trump Touts His ‘Great’ COVID Drugs, the Pharma Cash Flows to Biden, Not Him

In Debate, Pence and Harris Offer Conflicting Views of Nation’s Reality

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The Trump administration’s pandemic response: decisive action that saved lives, or the greatest failure of any presidential administration? During Wednesday’s vice presidential debate, Vice President Mike Pence and the Democratic challenger, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, offered drastically different takes — from behind  plexiglass screens… Read More »In Debate, Pence and Harris Offer Conflicting Views of Nation’s Reality

Fighting for Patient Protections While Attacking ACA — Hard to Have It Both Ways

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Throughout the 2020 election cycle, candidates’ positions on health care have been particularly important for voters with underlying and often expensive medical needs — in short, those with preexisting conditions. It’s no surprise, then, that protections for people who have chronic health problems like diabetes… Read More »Fighting for Patient Protections While Attacking ACA — Hard to Have It Both Ways

KHN on the Air This Week

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KHN senior correspondent Sarah Jane Tribble appeared on Newsy’s “Morning Rush” on Thursday to discuss rural hospital closures and KHN’s brand-new “Where It Hurts” podcast. Click here to watch Tribble on Newsy Tribble hosts “No Mercy,” the first season of “Where It Hurts.” Click here… Read More »KHN on the Air This Week

Republican Convention, Day 4: Fireworks … and Shining a Light on Trump’s Claims

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President Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president in a 70-minute speech from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday night. Speaking to a friendly crowd that didn’t appear to be observing social distancing conventions, and with few participants wearing masks,… Read More »Republican Convention, Day 4: Fireworks … and Shining a Light on Trump’s Claims

GOP Senate Ad Misrepresents Mont. Governor’s Stance on Rural Hospitals, Public Option

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An attack ad, which was released in mid-July, states that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democratic candidate for the Senate, supports a government-run health care program that would wreak havoc on the state’s health care infrastructure. “Bullock’s health care plan will force rural hospitals to… Read More »GOP Senate Ad Misrepresents Mont. Governor’s Stance on Rural Hospitals, Public Option

Voters Are Souring on President Trump’s Handling of Coronavirus, with Implications for November

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As the country struggles to get a handle on the coronavirus pandemic and prepares for the 2020 election, this analysis finds that, while voters are increasingly negative in their evaluations of President Trump’s handling of the pandemic, he continues to garner strong support among Republican… Read More »Voters Are Souring on President Trump’s Handling of Coronavirus, with Implications for November