As the debate over the future direction of our health care system heats up leading into the 2020 Presidential election, several Democratic proposals to create a single, federal, universal health insurance program known as Medicare-for-all have garnered significant attention. These proposals would replace most current public and private health insurance with a new federal program that would guarantee health coverage for all or nearly all U.S. residents. However, many details about how a new public program would be implemented and financed are not yet known. While much attention has focused on the implications of ending private insurance and Medicare, the debate has largely ignored the effects on the low-income and vulnerable populations covered by Medicaid and the broader implications for states of eliminating the Medicaid program.
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A collection of key health policy resources for journalists covering the Democratic presidential primary debates.
This interactive allows users to track public opinion on a national health plan using all nationally representatives polls conducted since 2016, with further analysis of how favorability toward such a plan may differ based on political party identification and question wording.
This interactive chart allows users to track public opinion on the Affordable Care Act, from the inception of the law to the present, for subgroups based on age, race, income, gender, party identification and insurance status.
This month’s poll probes Democrats’ views about the general approaches to expanding health coverage and lowering costs put forward by the candidates; the public’s health care priorities for Congress; and views about the ACA, Medicare-for-all and a “public option” health plan.
The latest KFF Health Tracking Poll probes Democrats’ views about the general approaches to expanding health coverage and lowering costs put forward by the candidates. Most Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (55%) say they prefer a candidate who would build on the Affordable Care Act to achieve those goals. Fewer (40%)…
This fact sheet identifies key U.S. government global health positions and officials.
KFF’s Usha Ranji’s testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health on September 10, 2019 describes describes the role of Medicaid coverage for pregnant and postpartum women, including differences in eligibility between states and efforts to strengthen postpartum care and coverage for women enrolled in Medicaid.