Episode Summary

The midterm elections are about health care — especially for one former HHS staffer mounting a challenge for Congress.

Episode Notes

It’s no secret that health care has been a key election issue — Democrats are promising to defend the Affordable Care Act and expand coverage, while Republicans are warning that Medicare for All puts seniors at risk.

So where do we stand a month away from the midterms?

First, POLITICO's Adam Cancryn joins Dan Diamond to break down the latest campaign messaging on health care and several key battles. (Starts at the 1:45 mark.)

Then, Lauren Underwood — a nurse, a former HHS staffer and a first-time candidate for the House of Representatives — explains why she's running for Congress, in a competitive Illinois race. (Starts at the 16:45 mark.)

(Note: POLITICO reached out to Underwood's opponent, Rep. Randy Hultgren, but has been unable to book him on the show.)

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Writing in POLITICO, Adam's story on Republicans using misleading health care ads to attack Democrats.

POLITICO's Alice Miranda Ollstein wrote about congressional candidates — including Lauren Underwood — campaigning on their own pre-existing conditions.

The New York Times/Siena College poll of Lauren Underwood's race against Rep. Randy Hultgren.

About the Show

Weekly conversations with some of the most interesting and influential people in health care, hosted by POLITICO Pulse author Dan Diamond.