A Healthy Debate – What the Candidates Are Saying

October 15, 2015

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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:

Questions:

  1. Which debate had the most references to healthcare topics?
  1. What were the top three healthcare topics discussed in the most recent Republican debate?
  1. What were the top three healthcare topics discussed in the Democratic debate?
  1. How many times was Medicare mentioned in each debate?
  1. How many times was Medicaid mentioned in each debate?
  1. How many times was Planned Parenthood mentioned in each debate?
  1. How often were drug prices discussed in each debate?
  1. Who talked more about marijuana?
  1. Who was the first candidate to talk about healthcare in each debate?

Scroll down to see the answers.

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Answers:

  1. Republicans 87; Democrats 43
  1. Planned Parenthood/women’s health, 21; immunizations and autism, 14; repeal Obamacare, 10.
  1. Health insurance, 9; drug prices, 4; mental health and veterans’ health, 2 each.
  1. Democrats 1; Republicans 0.
  1. Once each.
  1. Republicans, 21 times; Democrats 1.
  1. Democrats 4; Republicans 0.
  1. Republicans 19; Democrats 6.
  1. 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.