Election 2008 News & Issues

Oct. 29, 2008

Politfact rates McCain and Obama plan coverage: The Truth-O-Meter gave the score "half true" to McCain's remark that Obama's plan would fine people for not insuring their children. Planned Parenthood's accusation that McCain's plan won't guarantee coverage of cancer screening or maternity care scored a "true."    

Paging Dr. Gupta: Trudy Lieberman reviews CNN's in-house doctor Sanjay Gupta's explanation of McCain's health care plan in the Columbia Journalism Review. Gupta set out to answer the question: how far will McCain's $5,000 tax credit go in buying health insurance? Lieberman says, however, that his answer was confusing, mistaken, and left out important information.

Oct. 27, 2008

McCain health adviser on Lewin Group Board: The Lewin Group has released the most optimistic assessment to date of John McCain's health insurance reform plan-without disclosing the firm's acquisition last summer by the largest health insurance company in America, UnitedHealth. A McCain campaign advisor sits on the UnitedHealth Board of Directors. Ingenix, the UnitedHealth subsidiary that now owns Lewin, is under investigation for manipulating billing data. Story by Bryant Furlow of EPI News.

Obama outspends in health care ads: Politico's Chris Frates writes that Democrat Barack Obama has spent $113 million in health care television advertising so far this year, eight times that of Republican rival John McCain. Obama has devoted 68 percent of his total TV advertising this year to ads that include health care themes, and McCain has devoted 13 percent.

Oct. 23, 2008

Health-Care Fixes: Plan vs. Plan: The Wall Street Journal ran an analysis of both candidates' health care plans and compared them to each other. "Most analyses of the two proposals conclude that Sen. Obama's plan will do more to reduce the current ranks of the uninsured. But as a pocketbook issue, both candidates' plans will likely save money for a lot of people in the short term," writes Anna Wilde Mathews.

Oct. 20, 2008

Presidential candidates name health care IT as part of reform plans: Diana Manos of Healthcare IT News writes about how the candidates' health care plans address health care IT, and how they brought it into the final presidential debate last week.

Health Care Reform and the Presidential Candidates: The blog Docuticker links to a New England Journal of Medicine project that features written statements from each presidential candidate about their health care plans.

Oct. 17, 2008

Health and education reform: A Los Angeles Times editorial discusses the strengths of having a strong education and health system for a thriving country, and breaks down which policies the editorial board thinks are best.

Tracking media coverage of health care: Chris Weaver writes in The Health Care Blog that coverage of health care issues in the presidential election nearly doubled during the week between the Palin-Biden debate and John McCain and Barack Obama's last debate.

Oct. 15, 2008

Health care on the Mississippi, Part IX: In the final series installment, CJR and AHCJ's Trudy Lieberman looks at the recent discussion about health care reform in the U.S. and what it means for the country as a whole.

Sorting out the truth on health care: Angie Drobnic Holan of PolitiFact and the St. Petersburg Times writes about health care as the last of a four part series on key issues in the presidential election.

Oct. 13, 2008

Health of the State: The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn writes about whether the economic crisis means Obama should abandon plans for health care reform and other infrastructure spending.

Oct. 8, 2008

Obama, McCain debate whether health care is a right or responsibility: Jacob Goldstein writes about how the candidates discussed health care in the presidential debate on Oct. 7 in the Wall Street Journal's health blog

Health care advisers show plan diversity: Politico's Chris Frates takes a closer look at each of the presidential candidates' key health policy advisers.

How Obama's and McCain's health plans affect you: "Good Morning America" medical editor Dr. Tim Johnson breaks down the most important differences between the presidential candidates' health plans.

Ask the Experts Live Webcasts: Candidates' Advisors on Health Reform Plans
Join's Ask the Experts for live webcasts with advisors to presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama discussing the candidates' health reform proposals, which differ significantly in their aim and approach.

Oct. 6, 2008

McCain Plans Federal Health Cuts: The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler writes that, according to a top campaign aide, John McCain would pay for his health plan with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid. Independent analysts estimate that the move could result in cuts of $1.3 trillion over 10 years to the government programs.

Obama attacks McCain's health care proposal: The Los Angeles Times' Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta write about Sen. Barack Obama's criticism of Sen. John McCain's health care proposal at a rally in Newport News, Va. over the weekend. He called the plan "radical" several times and cited a recent analysis of McCain's plan in the journal Health Affairs.

Two upcoming events will look at health care reform and the candidates' health care plans:

Ask the Experts: The Obama Health Reform Proposal, 10/08/08, webcast
Sen. Obama has proposed a plan that builds on the existing employer-based system, while expanding public programs, putting in place new insurance regulations and providing new coverage options. In this live webcast, moderator Larry Levitt, vice president, Kaiser Family Foundation, and David Cutler, adviser, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), will discuss the plan.

The Change We Need: Can Either Presidential Candidate Reform Health Care?, 10/09/08, Los Angeles, CA
Just weeks before the election and two nights after a presidential debate, political experts and commentators will give the inside scoop on how much health reform to expect in the new administration. Join us for this Center Scene Public Program and the return of panelists Mark Halperin, Chris Lehane and Adam Mendelsohn.

How Healthy Are The Candidates? NPR's Joanne Silberner reports that although both campaigns have given the media information about the candidates' medical histories, some still have questions about how open they've really been.

Oct. 2, 2008

Health care on the Mississippi, Part VIII: CJR and AHCJ's Trudy Lieberman looks at how a person on Medicare would fare under each of the presidential candidates' health plans.

People's experiences drive series about the uninsured and underinsured
Michael Vitez of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports in an occasional series on the uninsured and the underinsured. Each story uses one person's case to exemplify one aspect of the problem. The Web package includes photos and video of each person and expert commentary on each case. It also includes resources people can use, a blog and a place for readers to tell their own story.

Sept. 26, 2008 adds new resources: The Kaiser Family Foundation has added a new, interactive tool that allows users to compare the candidates proposals and positions on a range of health care issues – biomedical research, care coordination and prevention, health information technology, HIV/AIDS, long-term care, Medicaid and SCHIP, medical malpractice, Medicare, mental health parity, prescription drugs, racial and ethnic disparities, transparency and comparative effectiveness, veterans' health and women's health – issues not necessarily addressed in the candidates' health care reform proposals. The site also added a new compilation of video clips of the candidates
speaking about various aspects of health reform including expanding coverage, employer-sponsored coverage, costs of coverage, the government's role in health care, the insurance market, preventive care and tax subsidies for health insurance.

Sept. 24, 2008

Health care on the Mississippi, Part VII: CJR and AHCJ's Trudy Lieberman looks at how a person on Medicare would fare under each of the presidential candidates' health plans.

Decision 2008: The Future of Our Nation's Health Care System: On Sept. 16, 2008, top advisers discussed the presidential candidates' plans for health care at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Audio of this session is available.

Glamour talks to the candidates: Glamour magazine interviewed John McCain and Barack Obama on a variety of issues, including health care. McCain talked about his plan to provide a tax credit to individuals and families and how it would affect young women. Obama discussed his plan to lower premiums and covering the uninsured with a subsidized policy similar to the one congresspeople have. The Web site also features a side-by-side analysis of their positions on six issues.

Sept. 22, 2008

Candidates' answers to Science Debate 2008 available online: Beginning with 3,400 questions, Science Debate 2008 worked with Scientists and Engineers for America, the AAAS, the National Academies, the Council on Competitiveness, and other organizations to craft the top 14 questions the candidates should answer. These questions cover topics like innovation, climate change, genetics research, stem cells and health care.

Sept. 11, 2008

The Need for, and Perils of, Health Policy Expertise in the White House: Dr. Jacob S. Hacker writes an article in the New England Journal of Medicine about the importance of health policy and economic experts in their role as adviser to the next president as he makes decisions that will change the U.S. health care system.

Biotech industry not seeing much difference between McCain, Obama: Jeffrey Young writes in The Hill that the Biotechnology Industry Organization will not endorse either presidential candidate. This is true for the pharmaceutical industry overall, which is not finding any issues that separate the two candidates substantially.

Health-care chasm for McCain, Obama: Akron Beacon Journal medical writer Tracy Wheeler puts the presidential candidates' health care plans side-by-side in an article that compares how each would reform the U.S. health care system.

Sept. 8, 2008

Huckabee pushes health care issue: An article in The Hill by Aaron Blake discusses how former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is pushing Republicans to make a bigger deal about health care as an issue.

The politics of prevention: Newsweek's Mary Carmichael interviewed the authors of a paper that recently appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine. It argues that preventive-care programs usually result in higher payouts, not lower ones.

Sept. 5, 2008

Health care gains status as election issue: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Guy Boulton writes about where health care stands on the minds of voters in the coming election.

Obama's plan wins at covering the uninsured: U.S. News and World Report writer Michelle Andrews compares how well the presidential candidates' health care plans would cover the uninsured. "Based on their preliminary analysis, Democratic candidate Obama's healthcare reform proposal...would reduce the number of uninsured by 18 million in 2009 and 34 million by 2018," she writes.

Aug. 27, 2008

Harry and Louise Are Back Again: CJR's Trudy Lieberman writes about the reappearance of the infamous pair that raised doubts about the Clinton health care plan in the early 1990s. The ads are now more positive, calling for America to come together to reform a costly system. But Lieberman points out what the rest of the media has missed: the ads sponsors are the same as those who sponsored the first ones.

Health care on the Mississippi: The third and fourth parts of the series examining how ordinary people from different parts of society would fare under the health care plans of Obama and McCain are up on Read them here:

Part III Part IV

Aug. 25, 2008

Plans to cut health costs may not pay off: National Public Radio's Joanne Silberner reports that according to analysts, the presidential candidates' plans to save money on health care may not save money in the long run.

Aug. 22, 2008

Health care no longer primary ailment: Jill Zuckman of the Chicago Tribune writes an article looking at why the two presumptive presidential nominees have stopped talking about health care. According to the story, health care is languishing far behind the economy, the war and the price of gas in public opinion polls.

Aug. 21, 2008

Health care on the Mississippi: CJR's Trudy Lieberman begins a series examining how ordinary people from different parts of society would fare under the health care plans of Obama and McCain. She focuses on Helena, Arkansas, a Mississippi town of 6,300, in hopes that the press will follow suit and do the same thing for people in their areas.

Part I Part II

Aug. 20, 2008

Candidates' Abortion Views Not So Simple: The narrative of the presidential campaign appeared to be set on the issue of abortion: Sen. Barack Obama was the abortion-rights candidate while Sen. John McCain was the abortion opponent. But those impressions have been altered since the Rev. Rick Warren's Saddleback Civil Forum on Aug. 16.

Aug. 3, 2008

Democratic platform includes Clinton's ideas on health care: The committee charged with updating the party platform for nominee-in-waiting Barack Obama agreed to include suggestions from Clinton, whose campaign emphasized universal health care. Michael Yaki, an Obama aide who directed the platform meetings, said the new language was a recognition there may be more than one way to achieve the shared goal of universal coverage.

June 17, 2008

The High Cost of Health Care: Trudy Lieberman, director of the health and medicine reporting program at the Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, asks "Should there be an independent agency established by the government to review the evidence for new medical technology and judge whether it is worth the money being spent on it?" She notes that McCain's Web site is silent on the subject and that, while Obama's Web site mentions something similar, he has not discussed it publicly.

June 15, 2008

Obama and McCain: two sides of the coin: Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times compares proposals from Obama and McCain on how to make health care more affordable, cut taxes and adopt a new energy strategy.

"On healthcare, Obama leans hard on government action to make insurance more affordable and, ultimately, universally available. He would make coverage mandatory for children, expand federal subsidies for the uninsured, and impose new funding requirements on employers.

McCain, in his health plan, shuns that infusion of government money and authority. He instead would rely on market competition to drive down costs. He would establish new tax incentives for individuals to get their own health insurance and reduce the incentives for people to get insurance through their employers."

May 22, 2008

McCain will release his health records: McCain will release 400 pages of medical records, including documents related to his melanoma surgery in August 2000, to a tightly controlled group of reporters on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.

May 20, 2008

Candidates' health care advisers discuss federal government's role in providing coverage to U.S. residents

May 18, 2008

Candidates address the childhood obesity epidemic: The Washington Post asked each presidential candidate to address the childhood obesity epidemic. They were asked the following questions:

  • As president, how would you make the issue of childhood obesity a national health priority?
  • What role do you think the federal government should play in tackling the issue, and how much additional money would you commit to that?
  • Would you support national regulation of food advertising and marketing to children? Why or why not?
  • Would you seek to amend the No Child Left Behind law to mandate physical education in schools and measurements of its progress? Why or why not?

March 6, 2008

Trudy Lieberman writes about how Americans aged nineteen through twenty-nine would be affected by a change in health care policy in a column for the Columbia Journalism Review titled "Dude, Where's My Health Care?" A story that recently caught the attention of the press uncovered important statistics – 13 million people in their twenties are uninsured.

March 2, 2008

Karl Stark of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes about the pharmaceutical industry's search for the right candidate to support for the presidential election. In the past, the industry has leaned toward the Republican side, but so far this election, Sen. Hillary Clinton has received the most donations.


Excerpts from the debate in Austin, Tex. between Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama are available on Kasier's The videos include highlights of talk about health care between the candidates.

In Al's Morning Meeting, Poynter's Al Tompkins writes about Sen. Clinton criticizing Sen. Obama 's campaign for using ads resembling the Harry and Louise ads of the 1990s. The column includes links to articles analyzing the similarity and video of Sen. Clinton's remarks.

Sen. Hillary Clinton appeared on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on February 3, where she discussed possible plans for financing her universal health care plan. She also pointed out differences between her plan and Sen. Barack Obama's. Read and watch excerpts from the interview here.

A national opinion poll conducted by Research!America found that health research and related issues are a significant factor for voters. Among other things, the poll found that 82 percent of Americans say they are more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports increased funding for research to improve health and 69 percent are more likely to vote for a candidate who strongly supports federal spending for medical, health and scientific research. the complete poll can be found at

Advisers to Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama discussed the candidates health care proposals at the 2008 National Health Policy Conference held on February 4-5. A webcast of the forum is available at

The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn wrote about the return of Harry and Louise via an emailing sent out by Barrack Obama's campaign. His blog entry in the Plank in January shows the similarities of the image in the mailing--which depicts a couple sitting at the kitchen table fretting about being forced to pay for health insurance--with the TV commercials that aired in the early 1990s to oppose the Clinton health care plan.

Science Debate 2008
Science Debate 2008 is a grassroots initiative spearheaded by a growing number of scientists and other concerned citizens pushing for a debate that will discuss all the science issues important to the country.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness provided all presidential candidates with a questionnaire asking their opinions on several aspects of mental health and public policy. Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain and Barack Obama have already returned their answers or other materials.

The Web site WebMD recently launched a tool for keeping track of health care issues in the election. Health Matters in the 2008 Election features candidate profiles, a comparison chart and interviews with health industry leaders about the issues.

During a Democratic debate in New Hampshire, Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama discussed differences in their health care plans. Clinton began by criticizing Obama's plan for not mandating health care for all Americans. Read the transcript at

Former assistant surgeon general Susan Blumenthal, M.D., has published an article with charts of the presidential candidates' health care plans. The charts include proposals for providing access to health care, programs for battling HIV/AIDS and cancer, future medical research, and improving global health.

Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, breaks down the candidates' positions on health care reform, including some analysis from experts to put the issue in perspective.

PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute has issued "Beyond the Sound Bite," an analysis of the frontrunners' health care proposals.

Meet the candidates - NBC's Meet the Press is conducting a series of interviews with the presidential candidates.

"Presidential Politics and the Resurgence of Health Care Reform", The New England Journal of Medicine, Nov. 22, 2007
Jonathan Oberlander, Ph.D., writes about the climate of health care reform in U.S. politics. The article includes graphs and audio.

Candidates discuss H.I.V/AIDS, Nov. 27, 2007
A New York Times article by Patrick Healy and Lawrence K. Altman previews Sen Clinton's proposal to strengthen the government's strategy to battle H.I.V and AIDS. The reporters note that Clinton's proposal is similar to those of her campaign rivals Obama and Edwards.

"Commission of Nation's Leading Health Care Experts Issues Reform Recommendations for Next President", Nov. 26, 2007
The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System released a report saying universal health care is essential for the U.S. health system, but is not the only thing the next president should aim to establish.

"It Was Clinton vs. Obama on Health Care," The New York Times, Nov. 16, 2007
Reporter Michael Cooper says one of the "liveliest exchanges" of the debate was the one between Clinton and Obama discussing the differences between their health care plans. Clinton said Obama's plan would leave 15 million Americans uninsured, while Obama claimed the mandated health insurance program that Clinton proposes will be unenforceable.

Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nov. 15, 2007
CNN and the Nevada Democratic Party will host a debate at Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas at 8:00 p.m. ET. Nevada will be the third state to hold a primary election in January 2008, following Iowa and New Hampshire.

Reporter's Toolkit: The Uninsured, Nov. 1, 2007
This toolkit, from the Alliance for Health Reform and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is designed for reporters covering health issues during Campaign 2008, but will be useful for others looking for up-to-date resources on the uninsured.

The toolkit features dozens of links to Web sites and articles, including links to Web sites tracking presidential candidates' health reform plans. It includes key facts, background, story ideas, lists of experts and a glossary.

"Health Sector Puts Its Money on Democrats," The New York Times, October 29, 2007
Democratic candidates for president are outpacing Republicans in donations from the health care industry.

Live Webcast: Sen. John McCain on "Health Care 2008: Presidential Candidate Forums"
On October 31, McCain was interviewed by a panel of prominent journalists in a forum organized by Families USA and the Federation of American Hospitals. The next candidate to be interviewed is Gov. Bill Richardson on November 19 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Seven Democratic candidates participated in the MSNBC Democratic Debate on October 30, 2007. The candidates. Watch the complete video at or read the transcript.

Live Webcast: Joe Biden and Dennis Kucinich on "Health Care 2008: Presidential Candidate Forums"
Biden and Kucinich were interviewed on October 25 by the forum panel.

Live Webcast: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on "Health Care 2008: Presidential Candidate Forums"
On October 18, Clinton was interviewed about health care by prominent journalists from ABC News, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal and NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. The forum is organized by the Federation of American Hospitals and Families USA. Other candidates will be interviewed througout the coming month.

A tool to compare the health care proposals of presidential candidates can be found online at the Kaiser Family Foundation's election Web site, The tool presents a summary of the
candidates' positions on access to health care coverage, cost containment, quality of care and financing. The summaries are based on information on the candidates' Web sites and from speeches, debates and news reports.

The CNBC, MSNBC, and Wall Street Journal Republican Presidential Debate was held on October 9, 2007 in Dearborn, Mich. While the questions were focused on the economy, health care took the stage on a few occasions. Watch video of the debate at or read the transcript from The Detroit Free Press.

"Health-care fix looms large over 2008 races," Reuters, September 28, 2007
Joanne Kenen writes this article, detailing and comparing the health care plans of the major players in the 2008 presidential election.

Read the transcript from the Democratic debate held on September 26, 2007 in Hanover N.H. The debate was moderated by Tim Russert and broadcast by MSNBC. Watch video and read related article.

All-American Presidential Forums on PBS
Two forums, moderated by PBS's Tavis Smiley, are available for viewing online. The Democratic forum aired on June 28, 2007. The Republican forum aired on September 27, 2007.

The Presidential Candidates' Health Care Plans: A First Look, September 26, 2007
Karen Davis and Sara Collins, president and vice president of the Commonwealth Fund, review the health plans of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. They point out the similarities in three democratic plans, explaining that all three would expand coverage by pooling risk in large groups, generating efficiencies through employer-based coverage, and building on the success of public programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP.

They find some similarities in the Republicans' plans as well: both Romney and Giuliani would rely on tax incentives to induce consumers to purchase individual insurance coverage--now the weakest part of the insurance market. They would eliminate much state regulation of private insurance, and try to expand coverage without committing to new federal budget outlays.

"Clinton Unveils Health Care Plan", The Associated Press, September 17, 2007
Hillary Clinton revealed the third and final part of her health care plan on Monday. Like democratic candidate John Edwards, her plan revolves around an individual mandate requiring everyone to have health insurance. Her plan also includes expanding Medicare and the health insurance plan currently offered to federal employees to cover those who don not receive adequate health insurance through employers.

Clinton will discuss her plan in a live webcast from her campaign Web site on September 18 at 8:00 pm.

The Great Presidential Mashup: The Democrats on Health Care
Slate, Yahoo! and the Huffington Post host an online-only presidential forum with questions submitted by readers. Video responses will be available for viewing online, along with background information on important issues.

LiveStrong Presidential Candidate Forum
Candidates appeared at the forum to explain what their plan is to combat cancer if they were to be elected President. They answered questions from Lance Armstrong and NBC's Chris Matthews, as well as questions from the Internet. Candidates appearing were: Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich, Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee. Read the LiveStrong blog or get video highlights from MSNBC.

"Election 2008--Campaign Contributions, Lobbying, and the U.S. Health Sector"
An article by Robert Steinbrook, M.D. in The New England Journal of Medicine breaks down campaign contributions to both parties from the health sector. The article includes tables and graphs that compare contributions among candidates and parties. The article appeared in volume 357 of The Journal on August 23, 2007, pages 736-739.

On August 20, eight democratic candidates appeared in a debate held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Articles about the debate can be found in The New York Times and AP/The Boston Globe. A video of the complete debate can be viewed at

At fair, five GOP candidates address health care concerns, Des Moines RegisterElection 2008: Health Care
On Aug. 10, 2007, five Republican candidates addressed health care concerns during a forum at the Iowa state fair. The candidates emphasized health care aimed at preventing illness. Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Duncan Hunter, Tommy Thompson and Chicago businessman John Cox appeared at the forum.

Clinton appeared at the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists on Aug. 9, 2007. J. Patrick Coolican of the Las Vegas Sun says, "Never did she look more at home, though, more effortlessly herself, than when counterpunching on health care." NABJ has posted audio of Clinton's address to the crowd and Q&A session.

Richardson calls for universal health care, Aug. 7, 2007 [AP | The Washington Post]
The New Mexico governor said he could provide coverage to the 45 million uninsured without raising taxes. Instead, Richardson said preventive care would save the nation billions of dollars and additional money could be diverted from spending on the Iraq war. Richardson would lower the age at which Medicare provides coverage to 55, expand health services for the low income and give tax breaks to businesses and individuals who pay for their health coverage.

Health-care-related excerpts from the Aug. 5, 2007, GOP presidential debate from Des Moines, Iowa.
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos and David Yepsen moderate.

Democrats Targeted In GOP Debate, The Washington Post (Aug. 6, 2007): In a nationally televised debate, some Republican candidates expressed some views on health care issues, including breast cancer, access to health care and abortion.

Listen to Democratic candidates answer questions about health care submitted by U.S. residents in a debate co-hosted by CNN and YouTube.

CNN medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen analyzes the candidates' responses to health care questions in the CNN/YouTube debate. Read the transcript.

Two articles by Susan Blumenthal of the Huffington Post shed light on presidential candidates' health plans and health information technology plans. The articles include charts that provide side-by-side comparisons of each candidate.

Trudy Lieberman, president of AHCJ's board of directors, speaks about health care reform and the presidential race on New Hampshire Public Radio.

"For Democrats, Pragmatism on Universal Health Care" The Washington Post July 10, 2007
Perry Bacon Jr. explains how, in questions of health care reform, Democratic presidential candidates are following the advice of an economist who supports a more incremental approach. "Plans which minimize the disruption to the existing system are more likely to succeed than plans that rip up the existing system and start over," MIT's Jonathon Gruber said to the Post.

New York Times reporter Robin Toner writes about how health care is an unavoidable issue for 2008 presidential candidates.

Susan Brinks of the Los Angeles Times writes about how the shortcomings of the U.S. health care system is becoming a popular topic thanks to a movie, a recent global report and warnings from an NIH official.

On July 10, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation will host a luncheon briefing in Washington, DC in which panelists will address the topic of health care as a campaign issue. Panelists will explain some of the issues that presidential candidates are most likely to discuss, such as increasing insurance for the uninsured and cutting down health care costs.

James Ridgeway of Mother Jones writes a summary of the candidates' health care positions in the article "Health Care and the Horse Race" (June 12, 2007)., run by the Center for Responsive Politics, is tracking campaign contributions from selected industries - among them are health professionals and pharmaceuticals/health products. Select an industry from the dropdown list to see a summary of how much each candidate gets from that industry. For more in-depth information, you can then click on the industry name to get data such as top contributors, top recipients, top PAC recipients and how much that industry contributes to members of Congress.