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

Senate 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: AZ, CT, DE, MA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NJ, PA, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WV, and WY.

Senate Races, Select Sources (click to expand)

Arizona

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections; ACA: Individual Market: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/10/14/martha-mcsally-kyrsten-sinema-odds-over-affordable-care-act-obamacare-aca-arizona-senate-race/1582385002/

Abortion: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/10/15/martha-mcsally-kyrsten-sinema-square-off-senate-debate/1655445002/

California

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-feinstein-deleon-questions-20181010-story.html

Connecticut

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://ctmirror.org/2018/06/18/murphy-blames-higher-health-insurance-costs-trump/

ACA: Individual Market: https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Himes-Murphy-defend-Affordable-Care-Act-amid-13164533.php

Florida

Medicaid Expansion: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/409567-rolling-coverage-nelson-scott-trade-blows-in-florida-senate-debate

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-ne-nelson-health-care-orlando-20181018-story.html

Indiana

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections; ACA: Individual Market: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2018/09/27/indiana-senate-race-braun-donnelly-spar-over-obamacare-pre-existing-conditions/1368504002/

Abortion; Planned Parenthood Funding: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/09/indiana-senate-race-2018-where-joe-donnelly-and-mike-braun-stand-abortion/922209002/

Maine

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: http://www.mainepublic.org/post/senate-candidate-zak-ringelstein-health-care-money-politics#stream/0

Massachusetts

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: http://www.patriotledger.com/news/20180915/sen-warren-hosts-town-hall-at-quincy-high-school

Michigan

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/michigan-senate-race-debbie-stabenow-john-james-health-care-tariffs-key-issues/

ACA: Individual Market: https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2018/10/18/us-senate-race-debbie-stabenow-john-james/1499795002/

Minnesota

Incumbent: Klobuchar

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: http://www.westfargopioneer.com/news/government-and-politics/4490224-klobuchar-newberger-broadcast-wide-differences-minnesota-state

Incumbent: Smith [Special Election]

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: http://www.marshallindependent.com/news/local-news/2018/10/candidate-housley-says-its-time-to-get-things-done/; https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/08/30/smith-housley-disagree-on-much-including-trump  

ACA: Individual Market: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/government-and-politics/4503293-health-care-qa-senate-candidates-smith-housley

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/10/15/smith-housley-senate-voter-guide; http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/government-and-politics/4494730-sen-tina-smiths-staff-hear-bemidji-perspective-health-care

Abortion; Planned Parenthood Funding: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/09/10/smith-aims-use-planned-parenthood-background-to-her-advantage

Mississippi

Incumbent: Wicker

Medicaid Expansion: https://mississippitoday.org/2018/10/15/baria-trying-to-make-race-of-states-other-senate-campaign-against-wicker/

Abortion: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2018/sep/12/bucking-conventional-wisdom-david-baria-touts-pro-/

Planned Parenthood Funding: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2018/jul/25/planned-parenthood-braces-battle/

Incumbent: Hyde-Smith [Special Election]

Abortion: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2018/sep/26/killing-unborn-children-point-kavanaugh-accusation/

Missouri

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://apnews.com/6e1aa41dfaf24320b8dfcc55157f637f

ACA: Individual Market: https://www.news-leader.com/story/opinion/2018/10/03/josh-hawley-obamacare-isnt-needed-protect-preexisting-conditions/1508838002/

Abortion: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/debate-over-reproductive-rights-heats-again-missouri#stream/0

Montana

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections; ACA: Individual Market: https://kpax.com/news/montana-politics/2018/10/11/u-s-senate-race-tester-rosendale-far-apart-on-health-care-solutions/

Nebraska

Medicaid Expansion: https://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/in-senate-race-deb-fischer-wants-health-care-choices-jane/article_644c74a3-2a9a-551a-b042-fa7d3f87e3d5.html

ACA: Individual Market: https://www.omaha.com/news/politics/elections/raybould-calls-fischer-part-of-that-problem-in-senate-debate/article_ec6b4420-7cb2-5f00-9e74-f03902f55618.html

Nevada

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/410426-new-dem-ad-says-heller-lying-about-protecting-pre-existing-conditions

New Jersey

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/09/how_republican_senate_candidate_hugin_wants_to_ref.html

New Mexico

ACA: Individual Market: https://taosnews.com/stories/health-care-a-top-issue-in-new-mexico-race-for-us-senate,51870

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/heinrich-seeks-bipartisan-appeal-in-new-mexico-race-for-u/article_ea8f721f-27b7-5efe-8c87-35144aa0653e.html; https://www.abqjournal.com/1225336/us-senate-candidate-mick-rich.html

Abortion: https://www.demingheadlight.com/story/news/2018/10/03/candidates-forum-focused-new-mexico-state-races/1501801002/

New York

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: https://www.uticaod.com/news/20180918/gillibrand-farley-face-off-for-senate-seat

North Dakota

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/cramer-counters-health-care-attacks-with-new-ad

Abortion: https://www.nbcnews.com/card/cramer-blasts-heitkamp-abortion-vote-n906811

Ohio

Medicaid Expansion: https://www.ohio.com/news/20181009/senate-candidate-jim-renacci-thanks-sherrod-brown-for-exposure-in-attack-ads-during-akron-visit; https://www.dispatch.com/news/20180911/sherrod-brown-jim-renacci-health-care-auto-bailout-prominent-in-pivotal-senate-race

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://www.yahoo.com/news/ohio-us-senate-candidates-spar-over-health-care-005428375–election.html

ACA: Individual Market: https://www.cleveland.com/expo/news/erry-2018/10/63f0644dbc2364/sherrod-brown-vs-jim-renacci-w.html

Pennsylvania

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://www.wtae.com/article/pennsylvania-sen-bob-casey-lou-barletta-coverage-for-pre-existing-conditions-report-on-clergy-sexual-abuse/22680752

Abortion: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/02/casey-abortion-pennsylvania-midterms-689505

Rhode Island

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections; Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: https://www.wpri.com/politics/us-senate-candidates-whitehouse-flanders-tackle-scotus-trump-in-first-tv-debate/1508581269

Tennessee

Medicaid Expansion: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/tn-elections/2018/09/18/phil-bredesen-tenncare-tennessee-us-senate-marsha-blackburn/1217149002/; http://www.nashvillepublicradio.org/post/3-issues-first-senate-debate-divided-marsha-blackburn-and-phil-bredesen#stream/0

ACA: Individual Market: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/410891-five-takeaways-from-the-final-tennessee-senate-debate

Abortion; Planned Parenthood Funding: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/tn-elections/2018/09/19/tennessee-elections-phil-bredesen-supports-planned-parenthood-video/1356497002/

Texas

Medicaid Expansion: https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/407175-beto-orourke-calls-for-texas-to-expand-medicaid?wpisrc=nl_health202&wpmm=1

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/411943-cruz-softens-obamacare-attacks-underscoring-gop-shift

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2018/10/16/cruz-beto-debate-who-won-ted-cruz-beto-orourke-final-debate-texas-us-senate-midterm-election/1657254002/; https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/trailing-in-polls-beto-orourke-lays-into-ted-cruz-in-texas-debate  

Abortion; Planned Parenthood Funding: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Cruz-v-O-Rourke-Forget-the-hype-here-s-13244825.php

Utah

Medicaid Expansion; ACA: Individual Market: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/09/24/romney-wilson-split-utahs/

Vermont

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/11/bernie-sanders-donald-trump-lies-medicare-all-health-care-column/1594863002/; https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/lawrence-zupan-sanders-acting-more-like-absentee-landlord-than-vt-senator,552936?

Virginia

Medicaid Expansion: https://www.princewilliamtimes.com/news/stewart-kaine-exchange-sharp-jabs-in-first-senate-debate/article_2f9df0c4-8d24-11e8-a0c3-7fb7e95ba531.html

ACA: Individual Market: https://www.princewilliamtimes.com/news/stewart-kaine-trade-accusations-in-first-televised-debate/article_643d4a62-c25a-11e8-b2c3-d7d472126be2.html

Abortion: https://www.whsv.com/content/news/485417751.html

Washington

ACA: Individual Market: http://www.chronline.com/news/sen-maria-cantwell-susan-hutchison-draw-sharp-partisan-contrasts-in/article_9f9360ac-cd76-11e8-907f-c7a1a7ad69c9.html

West Virginia

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/election_2018/congress_2018/in-us-senate-campaign-health-care-pre-existing-conditions-in/article_3b936541-8aec-5abb-abf9-ef6b3b11bd07.html

Abortion; Planned Parenthood Funding: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/election_2018/congress_2018/manchin-confident-morrisey-playing-up-trump-support-as-election-nears/article_e49b3266-38e7-5b51-ba89-225385bbed6f.html

Wisconsin

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://www.weau.com/content/news/Baldwin-Vukmir-spar-over-health-care-in-debate-496039101.html

ACA: Individual Market: https://madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/election-matters/explained-the-affordable-care-act-debate-in-wisconsin-s-u/article_9781f067-f213-59ef-8f38-62a3017c737f.html

Single Payer/Medicare-for-All: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/10/02/leah-vukmir-claims-tammy-baldwins-plans-destroy-health-care-we-know/1497364002/

Abortion: https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2018/10/09/baldwin-vukmir-debate-health-care-abortion/

Wyoming

ACA: Pre-existing Condition Protections: https://healthpayerintelligence.com/news/gop-senators-propose-to-reinforce-pre-existing-condition-protections

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