Questions to Ask Candidates on Health Policy Posed by AAPS


Healthcare is one of the biggest issues is the upcoming midterms. Reading websites and listening to speeches gives the impression that all are in favor of high-quality, affordable, accessible healthcare. But would that be the outcome of policies they would vote for?

Is a candidate in favor of “Do No Harm (to ObamaCare),” as Michael Cannon suggested in the Wall Street Journal on Oct 11? Or does the candidate believe in “Do No Harm” to patients?

“On Twitter, #HealthCareVoter posts warned that the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court would ‘rip health care away from people with pre-existing conditions,’” writes AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. But she cautions: “If the angry Health Care Voters who are agitating in the streets win, most ordinary Americans lose. Not seven percent [the seven percent in the individual health insurance market], but 100 percent of Americans could lose their right to control their medical care—and the dollars they earn.”

With critical questions for the future of American medicine in the balance, news media, public forums, and concerned voters need to press for forthright answers. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is posting model questions on hot-button issues.

So far, questions include pre-existing conditions, women’s health, the opioid crisis, the role of the federal government, and Medicare for All. Today’s question, on bipartisan solutions, asks about a bipartisan effort to liberalize the Affordable Care Act: How about saying “If you like your ObamaCare, you can keep your ObamaCare, but if you don’t like it, you have options”?

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties, founded in 1943.