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Themes in Health Care Questions

Above all else, health care questions focused on the specific steps candidates would take to ensure affordable, accessible, and universal coverage. This theme was addressed through both constructive and defensive questions.

On the constructive side, people asked for candidates’ plans (including the concrete steps they would take) to expand coverage and improve health care in Illinois. In particular, a number of people wanted to know if candidates would support single-payer healthcare in Illinois, perhaps designing a program that could be a model for the nation.

What positive steps can we take to create universal coverage?
What concrete steps will you take to ensure all Illinois residents have access to affordable and adequate healthcare?
How to design a single payer health plan for Illinois that could be a model for the United States?
Why not single payer?

On the defensive side, people wanted to know how candidates plan to maintain and strengthen the ACA in the state, as well as the gains made through Medicaid expansion, at a time when national Republicans continue to attack and destabilize it.

How will Illinois maintain the ACA despite what happens in Washington?
What is your plan to improve healthcare in Illinois? If DC destroys the Affordable Care Act, how will you ensure the people of Illinois have access to affordable healthcare? Do you support a single payer system?
As a Medicaid expansion state, Illinois’ healthcare is at the mercy of the federal government. How would the candidate modify Illinois’ healthcare plan or ensure protection for the many Illinoisans who rely on Medicaid expansion? And, how will the candidate pay for that change?
If Obamacare turns out to be weakened under the new federal tax plan, what could you do to make it possible for the low-income and middle-income residents to get good health care?

More specific questions included support for mental health services and addiction treatment, as well as addressing the opioid crisis.

Healthcare Questions

What is the issue that you would like candidates to address

What is a question on this issue you would like answered (if you have one)?

Healthcare

How will Illinois stand up to whatever the US government does to ensure affordable access to healthcare for all?

mental health

I have found mental health is root of 90% of problems plaguing people

health care

what positive steps can we take to create universal coverage?

Healthcare

How will Illinois maintain the ACA despite what happens in Washington?

Health care for all in Illinois

How will you work to start Illinois care so all Illinois residents are insured and have single payer health care?

Amount of Commitment to social programs, education, health, social security ?

What will you do to make the state income tax more fair? Do you think the rich should pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes?

Healthcare

What is your plan for ensuring that everyone has access to affordable healthcare?

Healthcare

Will you champion women's care, pre-existing conditions, young adult children to be covered by parents plans and Medicaid? Protecting Illinois residents.

healthcare

how to strengthen ACA

Healthcare

Health Care

How can we save the current plan?

Medicare for All - my #1 requirement for any candidate for any office

Do you support Medicare for All?

Health care in the state-what is going on with privatization of Medicaid? How can we provide universal healthcare to our residents?

What will you do to keep low income residents covered under the Affordable Heatlhcare Act?

What will you do to keep low income residents covered for health care under 1) the current uncertain political environment and 2) if cuts are legislated will you propose to use state finances to continue support those who are cut out of access to health care?

Budget for healthcare, including mental health, transgender protection, women’s reproduction rights, and education

What is your stance on legalizing marijuana?

health care

Will you work to secure universal health insurance or single payer insurance for Illinois?

Healthcare

How do you plan to expand healthcare to Illinoisans? What steps will you take to solve the opioid crisis in our state?

Women's Rights

What are you specifically going to do to protect women's right to choose, women's access to health care, and gender equality issues?

health care

Do you support public option and/or single payor (medicare for all) ?

Universal healthcare coverage

Protecting Illinois residents from the dismal impact of Donald Trump's agenda

What will you do to be an outspoken critic of Donald Trump and protect IL residents from the negative fallout of his agenda (especially re healthcare)?

Health care

Why not single payer?

Healthcare

What concrete steps will you take to ensure all Illinois residents have access to affordable and adequate healthcare?

Mental health in Illinois

what steps will you take to ensure mental health is never defunded as we saw this last year?

Health care costs

Health care

Crime

Budget priorities

Illinois has so many pressing needs, e.g., infrastructure, education, Great Lakes recovery, healthcare, gun violence, economic development. How will the candidate prioritize these needs at a time when there will need to be budget cuts?

Health Care

Are you aware of the challenges facing Medicaid recipients in Illinois regarding redetermination and/or managed care plans? What would you do to ensure that the health care needs of low income residents are met? Would you support universal health care?

health care

How would you expand health care availability in Illinois?

Healthcare- universal coverage

How to design a single payer health plan for Illinois that could be a model for the United States

Healthcare for all Illinoisans

Will you support passing healthcare laws in IL to fill in gaps if the National Republicans manage to repeal the ACA?

Healthcare

What is your plan to ensure access to healthcare?

Can we have single payer health care in illinois?

Health care

How are we going to stop republicans from taking away health care for millions of Americans?

State Operated Developmental Centers

Will you close all of the remaining State Operated Developmental Centers (SODC) and move people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into the community with freedom as they don't have it in outdated state-run institutions that is very costly.

Healthcare

Do have a plan to address this issue?

Affordable healthcare.

What is your plan to improve healthcare in Illinois? If DC destroys the Affordable Care Act, how will you ensure the people of Illinois have access to affordable healthcare? Do you support a single payer system?

health care in all forms: ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.

How do we identify candidates that will protect middle-class America's health care (insurance)?

Health Care

Give details of how state could financially deal with medicaid expansion should federal govt decrease funding

AHCA

how are you going to ensure illinoisans do not lose access to affordable healthcare?

State budget

What will you specifically do to get funds to schools, infrastructure, community mental health services?

Medicare For All

Will you implement single payer for the General Assembly to pass and sign it into law.

health care

what more does the the state of Illinois need to do to guarantee that everyone has access to affordable quality medical care?

We now have a profit care system instead of a healthcare system.

Will you work for a healthcare for all system in Illinois and the nation?

Mental health

How will you support mental health issues and improve funding?

Healthcare

What are future plans to continue to support quality healthcare?

ACA coverage for Illinois residents

How do candidates propose to to protect those who are liable to lose ACA coverage?

Health Care

Are you going to protect millions of Americans who need insurance?

Affordable health care

What will yo do to ensure affordable health care for all, as a right?

Mental healthcare

Increasing services

Mental health

Mandating mental health parity and increasing state support for mental health services and addiction treatment

Weakening of Obamacare and rising premiums

If Obamacare turns out to be weakened under the new federal tax plan, what could you do to make it possible for the low-income and middle-income residents to get good health care?

Healthcare

As a Medicaid expansion state, Illinois’ healthcare is at the mercy of the federal government. How would the candidate modify Illinois’ healthcare plan or ensure protection for the many Illinoisans who rely on Medicaid expansion? And, how will the candidate pay for that change?