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Health Policy Resources for Covering the Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Ahead of this week’s Democratic presidential primary debates, our latest poll finds health care tops the list of issues that Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents want the candidates to discuss.

KFF offers independent, non-partisan policy analysis, polling and other research and has experts who can provide context, explain trade-offs and provide key data points on health care issues that may arise in the debate. Some key resources:

Medicare-for-all and Other Proposals to Expand Public Coverage

  • This side-by-side comparison tool compares the major bills introduced in Congress this year to expand public health coverage through Medicare-for-all, a public option, and other approaches. This testimony explains the different approaches and their implications.
  • Our June poll examines how the public thinks Medicare-for-all would change the nation’s health care system. Our January poll examines support for a range of options to expand coverage.
  • This column from KFF’s Drew Altman examines the disconnect between what candidates and Washington are talking about and what matters most to voters. (Additional columns here.)

Health Costs and Surprise Medical Bills

  • This analysis estimates how often consumers receive surprise medical bills when getting emergency room and hospital care, and describes key proposals to protect consumers.
  • This polling data note looks at Americans’ challenges affording health care.

Abortion and Other Reproductive Health Issues

  • This analysis looks at the Hyde Amendment and state laws affecting coverage for abortion services in Medicaid, Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace plans and other private health insurance.
  • This brief details the potential impact of the new Trump Administration Title X regulations for family planning clinics receiving federal funds.
  • This recent poll examines the public’s views on the Title X regulations, “fetal heartbeat” abortion limits, Roe v. Wade, and other women’s health issues.

Prescription Drug Costs

  • Our February poll looks at Americans’ experiences with prescription drugs and their views on policy changes aimed at lowering drug prices.
  • This analysis looks at how much Medicare beneficiaries using high-cost specialty drugs pay out-of-pocket for their medications under the Medicare Part D drug benefit.
  • The explainer examines the concept of allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices.

Affordable Care Act and Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

  • This explainer examines the potential impact of the Texas v. U.S. court case that, with the Trump Administration’s support, aims to overturn the entire ACA.
  • This fact sheet looks at how the number of people without health insurance changed under the ACA and why millions remain uninsured today.
  • This analysis estimates the number and share of people by state with “declinable” pre-existing conditions that would have prevented them from buying their own health insurance based on the underwriting practices in place in most states prior to the ACA.


  • This report assesses the effects of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion on coverage, access to care, state budgets, and the economy in states that adopted it.
  • As some states seek to impose work requirements in Medicaid, this analysis looks at the relationship between work and health, and its implications for Medicaid enrollees.

If you have questions about any of these resources or want to talk to a KFF expert, please contact Rakesh SinghCraig Palosky or Chris Lee for assistance.