Each month during 2020, PNHP will focus on a specific, concrete “kitchen table” issue that requires fundamental reform (like single payer), not minor tweaks (like a public option). See below for materials related to this month’s issue, measuring candidate health plans, and scroll to the bottom for a list of additional topics.
Measuring candidate health plans (Fall 2020)
Every election season, candidates up and down the ballot offer up health plans to fix what most everybody agrees is a broken system. But how do these plans, slogans, and promises measure up? If a candidate’s plan doesn’t check all of the boxes on our checklist, then it’s not the reform we need.
We encourage you to share the materials below with your colleagues, family members, friends, and neighbors during the run-up to the 2020 general election; encourage them to take a hard look at what political candidates are promising…and to ask if those plans truly measure up.
Complete measuring health plans toolkit
- One-page checklist: Measuring candidate health plans
- Policy primer: Measuring candidate health plans
- Member guide: How to form a question for candidates
- Member guide: How to host a candidate forum
- PowerPoint slides: How Far From Perfect? Measuring the health plan proposals of 2020 political candidates and think-tank recommendations (by PNHP-MO chair Dr. Ed Weisbart)
- Webinar: Dr. Ed Weisbart on measuring candidate health plans
- Social media: Share on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
- Social media: Longer series of memes for Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
- Podcast: Stephanie Kang (Health Policy Fellow for H.R. 1384 Lead Sponsor Rep. Pramila Jayapal) on “Why We Need the Medicare for All Act”
- Op-ed: “Ask Trump and Biden how they’d fix gross inadequacies of U.S. health care,” by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine students Rohit Anand, Dhiksha Balaji, Aparna Narendrula and Jasmine Serpen, USA Today, Sept. 21, 2020
- Video: Health Care Voters Guide (featuring PNHP members detailing 10 must-haves for any health care proposal)
- Video: USA Health Care (Universal. Simple. Affordable.)
If you need assistance with events or actions, contact the PNHP organizing team at firstname.lastname@example.org. For help with messaging materials, contact PNHP communications specialist Clare Fauke at email@example.com.
If you would like to provide expertise or help develop materials for future Kitchen Table topics, please contact PNHP president-elect Dr. Susan Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video: Health Care Voters Guide
Stephanie Kang on “Why We Need the Medicare for All Act”
Webinar: Dr. Ed Weisbart on measuring candidate health plans
Video: USA Health Care (Universal. Simple. Affordable.)
Social media memes
Review previous installments of the Kitchen Table Campaign, and stay tuned for additional topics throughout 2020:
- Surprise billing (January)
- Racial health inequities (February)
- Rural health (March)
- Pandemics and public health emergencies (Spring)
- COVID-19 and racial health inequities (Spring)
- COVID-19 endangers health care workers (July)
- Measuring candidate health plans (Fall)