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For the first election in years, Democrats see health care as a winning issue — one to go on the offense over instead of defending their votes. But they party’s candidates lack coherency in their approach. Some push a “Medicare for All” plan while others think shoring up the health law should take priority. Meanwhile The Washington Post Fact Checker looks at ads targeting Democrats over “Medicare for All.”
“Covered California’s marketplace fosters competition that puts consumers in the driver’s seat and gives them the power to shop and save,” said Executive Director Peter V. Lee. Those who don’t currently have insurance with Covered California will have to wait until Oct. 15 before their enrollment window opens.
The plans hit the market on Tuesday, but consumers should be aware that while they are cheaper than other individual coverage options, they don’t have to follow the regulations set into place by the health law.
The Associated Press fact checks statements from President Donald Trump about what’s going on with those popular provisions, the threat to which has voters worried just weeks before midterms.
The marketplace is getting stronger and next year’s premiums are not expected to be as shockingly high as previous years. While HHS Secretary Alex Azar credits that success to President Donald Trump’s policies, other experts say that it’s because states’ insurance departments have been working to blunt the attacks to the law. Meanwhile, Azar took a swing at Democrats’ “Medicare for All” plan, saying it’s too good to be true.
The National Institutes of Health is a big winner in the bill, which passed the House 361-61. The agency will see a 5 percent boost in its budget.
Even Democratic candidates on the campaign trail in traditionally deep red states are using the threat to the health law’s preexisting conditions in ways that would have been unthinkable a few years ago, while Republicans target progressives’ support of universal health care. Meanwhile, The New York Times fact checks President Donald Trump’s promises to protect preexisting conditions coverage.
Candidates are struggling to make their promises to protect coverage for people with preexisting conditions believable to voters. “What you have to do at this point is duck and cover,” said one Republican strategist.
Republicans on the Judiciary Committee said that if Christine Blasey Ford does not attend the hearing to investigate the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh then the event will proceed without her. Democrats, however, quickly backed Ford’s decision.
Health care is a hot topic during the final stretch before the midterm elections. In a shift from years past, Democrats are trying to use the health law as a weapon against Republicans. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, is promising to protect Medicare — just like he did when campaigning for 2016. But this time around he has a record showing that he supports cuts to Medicare and other safety net programs.