A Healthy Debate – What the Candidates Are Saying
U.S. presidential candidates from both parties have now held at least one nationally televised debate and healthcare played a prominent role in both. We ran a quick analysis of the most current Republican and Democratic debate transcripts, and some of what was said really surprised us. Think you know what’s what? Try this fast quiz:
- Which debate had the most references to healthcare topics?
- What were the top three healthcare topics discussed in the most recent Republican debate?
- What were the top three healthcare topics discussed in the Democratic debate?
- How many times was Medicare mentioned in each debate?
- How many times was Medicaid mentioned in each debate?
- How many times was Planned Parenthood mentioned in each debate?
- How often were drug prices discussed in each debate?
- Who talked more about marijuana?
- Who was the first candidate to talk about healthcare in each debate?
Scroll down to see the answers.
- Republicans 87; Democrats 43
- Planned Parenthood/women’s health, 21; immunizations and autism, 14; repeal Obamacare, 10.
- Health insurance, 9; drug prices, 4; mental health and veterans’ health, 2 each.
- Democrats 1; Republicans 0.
- Once each.
- Republicans, 21 times; Democrats 1.
- Democrats 4; Republicans 0.
- Republicans 19; Democrats 6.
- Republican Donald Trump called for repeal of Obamacare at 5:22; Democrat Hillary Clinton mentioned children’s health insurance at 18:38.
If you didn’t score too well, don’t worry. There are nine more Republican debates between now and March 10, 2016, and five more Democratic face offs. Study up and stay tuned.