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How Past Health Care Battles Shape the Candidates’ Positions Today

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Despite the singular nature of this year’s presidential campaign, there is plenty of continuity with past elections when it comes to health care, argue Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, M.D., and Brown University’s James A. Morone in their New England Journal of MedicinePerspective.”

In “Past as Prologue—Presidential Politics and Health Policy,” Blumenthal and Morone—who previously collaborated on The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office (2009)—discuss the “deep underlying political forces and historical experiences with health care politics and policy” that are reflected in the platforms of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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