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Charlotte Talks: After The Midterm, What's Next For Health Care Policy?

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Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

Health care was the number one issue for many voters in the midterm. Mike Collins and health care experts examine what the election outcome will mean for the Affordable Care Act, pre-existing conditions, and Medicaid expansion.

Health care was an albatross for Democrats when they lost control of the U.S. House in 2010, not long after the controversial passage of the Affordable Care Act.

But in this year’s midterm, Democrats openly embraced health care, and it was a winning issue for them. Republicans even claimed to be on board with protecting pre-existing conditions, despite years of trying to undermine and repeal the ACA.

Meanwhile, voters in three red states approved Medicaid expansion efforts under the health care law, something Gov. Roy Cooper has been trying to do in North Carolina.

More than 40 percent of voters said health care was their top concern in the election, and an even larger percentage said the country’s health care system needs major changes.

How will the midterm results shape the health care conversation going forward? 


Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, chief Washington correspondent (@jrovner)

Mark Hall, Wake Forest University School of Law, Health Policy and Law Program director

Blair Childs, Premier, Inc. , senior vice president of public affairs (@BlairGChilds)