Major Health Law and Policy Positions Among 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

8 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2019

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James G. Hodge

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Leila Barraza

Network for Public Health Law; University of Arizona - Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Michelle Castagne

Center for Public Health Law and Policy; Arizona State University (ASU), Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Students

Hannah-Kaye Fleming

The Center for Public Health Law and Policy; Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Erica N. White

Arizona State University (ASU), Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Center for Public Health Law and Policy

Date Written: June 12, 2019

Abstract

Assuring the nation’s health promises to be among the premier political objectives underlying the 2020 U.S. Presidential election. A diverse field of 23 leading Democratic-declared Presidential candidates (ages 37-77 years) are prioritizing health issues. Assessing candidates’ positions since the inception of their campaigns, we have identified 10 primary health law and policy platforms as of June 1, 2019 (see Table 1 and research methodology). Candidates’ dominant themes center on universal health care, climate change, and reproductive rights. Many also address policies on mental health coverage, gun violence prevention, and Affordable Care Act (ACA) reforms. Just over half of candidates are opining on regulated substances (e.g., opioids, cannabis), health interests and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons, and lowering of prescription drug prices. The candidates’ varying ideas on these issues deviate significantly from the current administration and, at times, from each other.

Keywords: election, president, health law, policy, campaigns, positions, ACA, opioid, cannabis, Medicare, gun violence, LGBTQ, universal access, public health

Suggested Citation

Hodge, James G. and Barraza, Leila and Castagne, Michelle and Fleming, Hannah-Kaye and White, Erica N., Major Health Law and Policy Positions Among 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates (June 12, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3403152 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3403152

James G. Hodge (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

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Leila Barraza

Network for Public Health Law ( email )

Saint Paul, MN
United States

University of Arizona - Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health ( email )

Tucson, AZ

Michelle Castagne

Center for Public Health Law and Policy ( email )

United States

Arizona State University (ASU), Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Students ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ
United States

Hannah-Kaye Fleming

The Center for Public Health Law and Policy ( email )

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University ( email )

Erica N. White

Arizona State University (ASU), Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ
United States

Center for Public Health Law and Policy ( email )

United States

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