Axios Pro: Health Care Policy

November 03, 2022

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Good morning and welcome to a first look at the kind of policy Deep Dives we'll be writing on (along with all the regular breaking news and analysis).

  • We'll be back in your inbox after the election with a midterm wrap-up and start regular coverage on Nov. 14 with a look at the lame-duck session.

1 big thing: New battle lines

Illustration of a sword made from a dollar bill with medical cross and other shapes behind it

Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

The new Congress, whoever it is, has its eyes on a bunch of big wallets, Axios' Caitlin Owens writes.

Why it matters: The crushing surge in underlying health care costs next year is about to make things more expensive for patients and employers — and interest groups are already moving to protect their bottom lines.

  • Rising prices for insured Americans, a tight labor market, tougher economic times, and an explosion of medical debt are now driving the debate.

The bottom line: The insiders we've talked to sketched out a series of battle lines drawn where industry groups will square off against a new reality in Congress.

Let's dive in......

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