Webinar: 2020 US Elections – Healthcare During a Pandemic

This webinar examines the debates surrounding affordable health coverage in the United States and how they have been approached by both presidential candidates in the 2020 election.

Members event, Webinar Recording
30 September 2020 — 4:00PM TO 4:45PM

2020 US Elections – Healthcare During a Pandemic

— This webinar examines the debates surrounding affordable health coverage in the United States and how they have been approached by both presidential candidates in the 2020 election.

A Pew Research Centre survey ranked healthcare second, after the economy, as one of the main priorities for US voters in the upcoming elections, particularly among supporters of presidential candidate Joe Biden, with the COVID-19 pandemic further propelling healthcare reform to the forefront of US public concern.

With President Trump tweeting words of encouragement to anti-lockdown protesters and Biden promising a national mask mandate, American voters are faced with increasingly conflicting health policy approaches to choose from in November.

  • To what extent is the November election a referendum on the incumbent president’s ability to deal with the current public health crisis?

  • How is the gulf in attitudes towards the role of the state in healthcare provision likely to impact the dissemination of a vaccine for COVID-19?

  • What are some of the obstacles to increasing access to healthcare and how do concerns differ within both parties?

  • And are the proposed methods to achieving greater access to health insurance realistic or mere rhetoric?

Held in collaboration with Chatham House’s US and the Americas Programme, this webinar is part of a series of events looking at key issues facing voters in the 2020 US elections.

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