The United States of Care is recommending four ways political candidates should talk about health-care problems this election cycle.
The nonpartisan group focused on expanding health care has released a candidate guide, provided first to The Health 202, which lays out ways candidates can respond to voters’ heightened anxiety around the coronavirus pandemic.
“Americans are feeling a mix of emotions related to the pandemic, and those emotions are overwhelmingly negative,” the guide says. “In addition, the pandemic has illuminated deficiencies of our health care system. People feel that the U.S. was caught unprepared to handle the pandemic and our losses have been greater than those of other countries. People blame government for the inadequate pandemic response, not health care systems.”
What should candidates do? Acknowledge the moment, take an active stance, commit to prioritizing people’s needs and commit to both addressing diparities and finding common ground, the guide says.