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Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
If tonight's Democratic debate is anything like the earlier ones, it will feature an extended back-and-forth about whether to eliminate private health insurance, and then move on from health care. But there's a whole lot more that's also worth asking about, Axios' Sam Baker writes.
The big picture: We basically know what the candidates will say about the question of private insurance, because they've said it all before. So here are four other questions that might also help illuminate the choice voters face on such a deeply personal, wildly complex topic.
Between the lines: Health insurance — whether it's a single-payer program or a private plan — pays health care bills. And one distinct feature of the U.S. health care system is that those bills are very high.
The big questions:
It's not just us — voters also want to hear more from the Democratic candidates about health care topics that have been neglected during the debates, according to a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
My favorite stat: A public option is much more popular than the Affordable Care Act, with 73% favoring the former and only 51% favoring the latter, Kaiser found. "Medicare for All" is also viewed favorably by 51% of the public.
The stock prices of major health care companies have not kept pace with the broader market so far in 2019, even though the industry is flush with cash, Axios' Bob Herman writes.
The bottom line: "Medicare for All" and other health care reforms floated by Democratic presidential candidates, as well as higher-than-expected medical costs at health insurance companies, have made investors nervous about the future.
What's next: Companies are ready to roll out third-quarter reports.
Follow along: The Axios health care earnings tracker has been updated with third quarter details and also includes large not-for-profit hospital systems.
Researchers at the University of Virginia are developing genetic testing to keep children with undiagnosed Type I diabetes out of emergency rooms, NPR reports.
Why it matters: Almost 50% of all children who develop Type 1 diabetes end up hospitalized in a coma because they didn't know they had the autoimmune disease, per the report.
Type I diabetes is difficult to track genetically because no single gene is responsible, but scientists have identified all the variants and about 90% of the known genetic risk, Axios' Marisa Fernandez writes.
Yes, but: Most kids with positive Type 1 diabetes results won't get Type 1 diabetes, and half of those who do will not have been detected by a genetic test, due to nongenetic risk factors.
The gap between what hospitals and physician offices were paid by fee-for-service Medicare for outpatient cardiovascular tests increased between 2005 and 2015, as did the proportion of these tests that took place in hospitals, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Between the lines: When payment rates depended on where the tests were performed, there was a shift in volume toward the more expensive location.
By the numbers: Traditional Medicare paid hospitals 1.05 times more than doctors' offices for testing in 2005. This increased to 2.32 times more in 2015.