The 2018 midterm elections shifted some control back into the hands of Democrats, who flipped the House and won some governorships, which will have mixed results for the healthcare industry, according to PwC’s Health Research Institute.
Informed by interviews with healthcare advisers, association executives and a survey of 1,500 consumers, PwC’s HRI outlined five key takeaways for healthcare leaders after the midterms:
1. Democrats will slow, but not halt, the Trump administration’s healthcare agenda at a federal level. The administration has successfully been chipping away at its campaign promises for healthcare, from expanding the use of health savings accounts to requiring more price transparency in the industry. With a Democratic majority in the House, there will be more checks on processes to dismantle the ACA at a federal level. However, providers can expect to see some progress where priorities align, such as around actions to improve the response to the opioid crisis.