The health care issues voters care about in the 2018 midterms

A protester wears a t-shirt as SoCal Health Care Coalition protests at UC San Diego in La Jolla, California, U.S., October 12, 2017.       REUTERS/Mike Blake - RC18361BA750

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Matthew Fiedler, a fellow in the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, addresses the health policy issues on voters’ minds as the 2018 midterm elections approach. He reviews the Trump administration’s changes to the Affordable Care Act, why Democratic candidates are placing more emphasis on health policy in their races than are Republicans, the topic of Medicaid expansion, and what repeal of the individual mandate could mean for health care in 2019 and beyond.

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