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Health Care and the Candidates in the 2018 Midterm Elections: Key Issues and Races

Governor Races

NOTES: The Race Rating is based off the Cook Political Report identification of toss-up races or where party affiliation is expected to change. * denotes the incumbent. The tables list candidates from the two major parties as well as any third-party candidates identified by RealClearPolitics. There are additional third-party candidates not listed here who are on the ballot in the following states: AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, KS, MD, MI, MN, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TX, VT, WI, and WY. On October 19, 2018, Alaska Gov. Walker announced the suspension of his campaign, but he is included in this table, as his name will still appear on the ballot.

Governor Races, Select Sources (click to expand)

Alabama

Medicaid Expansion: https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/12/ivey-touts-economy-rejects-medicaid-expansion/1281820002/; https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/11/maddox-calls-lottery-medicaid-expansion-candidates-forum/1269136002/

Other Medicaid Changes: https://www.al.com/politics/2018/10/alabama-gubernatorial-candidates-offer-differing-diagnoses-on-medicaid.html

Abortion: https://www.al.com/election/2018/10/ivey-maddox-at-odds-on-alabama-anti-abortion-amendment.html

Alaska

Medicaid Expansion; Other Medicaid Changes: http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/walker-begich-discuss-state-issues-in-healy-forum/article_08751558-a774-11e8-b1e5-c7afd237fc5b.html; http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180922/NEWS/180929963; http://www.kinyradio.com/news/news-of-the-north/kiny-and-chamber-hold-debate-for-governors-race/

Abortion: https://www.ktoo.org/2018/09/13/heres-where-the-candidates-for-governor-stand-on-abortion/

Arkansas

Abortion: http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2018/oct/07/governor-hopefuls-speak-out-on-issues-2/

Medicaid Expansion; Other Medicaid Changes: http://www.pbcommercial.com/article/20181013/news/310139998

California

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Single-payer-will-take-years-to-implement-Gavin-12846093.php

Abortion: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-john-cox-gavin-newsom-governor-abortion-20180707-story.html#

Colorado

Other Medicaid Changes; ACA: Individual Market; Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: https://www.denverpost.com/2018/10/03/colorado-governor-health-care-debate/

Abortion: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/10/05/colorados-gubernatorial-candidates-discuss-abortion/

Connecticut

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-democrats-health-care-midterm-20181015-story.html

ACA: Individual Market: https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20181003_lamont_makes_no_grand_promises_regarding_health_care/

Florida

Medicaid Expansion; Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-gov-race-health-care-20180914-story.html

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/10/12/on-the-number-one-issue-on-floridians-minds-ron-desantis-still-is-mostly-mute/

Georgia

Medicaid Expansion: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/15/stacey-abrams-brian-kemp-fight-over-medicaid-expansion-in-georgia.html

Other Medicaid Changes: http://www.walb.com/story/38782127/ga-democrats-call-out-kemp-on-medicaid-stance-kemp-responds/

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://politics.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/says-kemp-sided-with-insurers-over-breast-cancer-patients/xn7poA2ZyCgVv01vgAhSMN/

ACA: Individual Market: https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/how-medicaid-expansion-has-candidates-divided-health-care/

Abortion: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/no-middle-ground-georgia-governor-race-could-be-most-ideologically-n894541

Planned Parenthood Funding: https://www.allongeorgia.com/georgia-state-politics/health-care-plans-candidates-for-georgia-governor-present-their-plans-to-voters/

Idaho

Medicaid Expansion: https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article220089260.html

Illinois

Other Medicaid Changes: http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180930/rauner-proud-of-his-record-on-health-care-not-everyone-agrees-with-him

ACA: Individual Market:  https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/jb-pritzker-governor-of-illinois-497244801.html

Iowa

Other Medicaid Changes: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/04/iowa-kim-reynolds-fred-hubbell-governor-medicaid-politics-race-health-care-democrats-republicans/1192103002/

Abortion: https://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/panelists-hubbell-a-game-changer-for-women-s-health/article_658922ed-1d08-54e4-aad2-2d0caf31ea00.html

Planned Parenthood Funding: https://www.radioiowa.com/2018/07/12/planned-parenthood-endorses-fred-hubbell-for-governor/

Kansas

Medicaid Expansion: https://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article219356110.html

Other Medicaid Changes: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/10/17/us/politics/ap-ks-election-2018-kansas-governor.html

Abortion: https://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/election/article220227855.html

Maine

Medicaid Expansion; Other Medicaid Changes: http://www.sunjournal.com/how-each-candidate-for-governor-would-tackle-medicaid-expansion-the-opioid-crisis-and-protecting-maines-most-vulnerable/

Maryland

ACA: Individual Market: http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-md-health-deductibles-20181010-story.html

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/jealous-campaign-disputes-claims-in-hogan-attack-ad-on-single-payer-health-care/2018/07/23/a9630006-8e8d-11e8-8322-b5482bf5e0f5_story.html?utm_term=.ef445436bb76

Massachusetts

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: https://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/local_news/baker-gonzalez-split-over-single-payer-health-care/article_afd56a47-5ce8-5d9a-afc6-0c92ae17f3b8.html

Michigan

Medicaid Expansion; Other Medicaid Changes: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/09/18/schuette-whitmer-healthy-michigan-medicaid/1292309002/

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections; ACA: Individual Market: https://www.crainsdetroit.com/elections/whitmer-proposes-reinsurance-program-raising-tobacco-age-21

Minnesota

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections; ACA: Individual Market: http://www.startribune.com/ad-campaign-thrusts-health-care-into-governor-s-race/492903151/

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: http://www.startribune.com/health-care-becomes-flashpoint-in-minnesota-governor-s-race/496724721/

Nebraska

Medicaid Expansion: https://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/ricketts-krist-spar-in-first-debate-of-gubernatorial-race/article_f5150c10-0d6e-577c-a845-07f9cab34f82.html

Nevada

Other Medicaid Changes: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/laxalt-platform-says-he-wont-roll-back-medicaid-expansion-supports-medicaid-work-requirements

New Hampshire

Other Medicaid Changes: https://www.nhbr.com/October-12-2018/Kelly-v-Sununu-on-business-issues/

Abortion: https://www.concordmonitor.com/Molly-Kelly-calls-for-Sununu-to-revoke-support-for-Kavanaugh-20621930

New Mexico

Other Medicaid Changes: https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/10/14/michelle-lujan-grisham-steve-pearce-vie-nm-governor-seat/1486375002/

ACA: Individual Market: https://www.apnews.com/21d2c1e6c24f4e5283533fd3f0be44f2

Abortion: https://www.abqjournal.com/1190976/court-shake-up-renews-debate-over-nm-abortion-law.html

New York

Other Medicaid Changes: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/albany/2018/10/05/property-taxes-could-marc-molinaro-really-cut-them-30/1533112002/

Ohio

Medicaid Expansion: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20180930/on-issues-cordray-dewine-on-health-and-environment

Other Medicaid Changes: https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/ohio-governor-candidates-the-issues-medicaid/CaU47kyO7gSQG2C5K3dkcP/

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections; Abortion: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/10/09/mike-dewine-and-rich-cordray-debate-highlights/1534541002/

Oklahoma

Medicaid Expansion: https://newsok.com/article/5609516/forum-highlights-where-edmondson-stitt-disagree-on-policy

Oregon

Other Medicaid Changes; Abortion: https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-gubernatorial-candidates-health-care/; https://www.thelundreport.org/content/brown-buehler-struggle-differentiate-themselves-health-care

Pennsylvania

Abortion: https://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/10/abortion_governors_race.html

Planned Parenthood Funding: https://billypenn.com/2018/07/24/the-empty-u-s-supreme-court-seat-could-hinge-abortion-access-in-pa-on-its-governors-race/

Rhode Island

Abortion: http://www.dailyjournal.net/2018/10/16/ri-election-2018-rhode-island-governor-debates/

South Carolina

Medicaid Expansion: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article220207310.html

Other Medicaid Changes: https://www.postandcourier.com/health/sc-medicaid-agency-wants-to-add-work-requirements-child-advocate/article_4f454fd4-70a6-11e8-a3ec-0339e569160e.html; https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article219357935.html

Abortion: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article213821739.html

Planned Parenthood Funding: https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2018/10/04/sc-reject-14-million-federal-money-defund-planned-parenthood/1521905002/

South Dakota

Medicaid Expansion: https://psmag.com/news/billie-sutton-will-not-be-out-cowboyed

Abortion: http://www.startribune.com/cowboy-turned-lawmaker-hopes-to-be-south-dakota-governor/491178231/

Tennessee

Medicaid Expansion: https://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Politics/2018/08/23/Dean-empha.html

Abortion: http://www.dailyhelmsman.com/news/tennessee-governor-candidates-meet-at-the-u-of-m-for/article_74410c48-c5d2-11e8-8019-83b882efa75c.html

Texas

Medicaid Expansion: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2018-elections/2018/09/28/greg-abbott-lupe-valdez-collide-health-care-in-state-tuition-taxes

Abortion: https://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2018/09/28/the-first-and-only-debate-between-abbott-valdez-for-texas-governor-is-tonight

Vermont

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: http://digital.vpr.net/post/scott-and-hallquist-agree-medicare-all-not-short-term-health-care-reform#stream/0

Wisconsin

Medicaid Expansion; Other Medicaid Changes: https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/health-med-fit/health-care-lobbyists-take-up-medicaid-expansion-other-election-issues/article_7c728935-4591-526f-9966-ba95b4c3bbed.html

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/election-matters/explained-coverage-of-pre-existing-conditions-takes-over-debate-in/article_2fa7e7bb-a337-5a86-b641-94dc8c36b66e.html

ACA: Individual Market: https://www.apnews.com/447bb3c3ebfa49c3837dc40190a5f5de

Wyoming

Medicaid Expansion: https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/health/as-rest-of-west-mulls-medicaid-expansion-gordon-and-throne/article_cfae36c9-8148-5b8a-9e07-aeabad12a549.html

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