2024 Voter Priorities in Health Care: Telling the Policy Story 

May 15, 2024
1:00 pm-

2:00 pm

Virtual Event

Event Description

Research shows that health care issues are poised to play an important role in the upcoming 2024 presidential election and national health policy discourse. Expert panelists discussed the latest polling data identifying key health policy concerns that will drive election coverage and campaign discourse. This roundtable explored the intricacies of covering health policy issues that voters identify, like affordability, providing insights into how reporters can employ storytelling and narrative techniques to create dynamic, accurate, and data-informed coverage.  

Learning Goals

  • Learned how to interpret polling data about health topics in the election in context of methods and history. 
  • Provided an overview of data on voter priorities in the election, including health care costs.
  • Discussed potential implications of anticipated health care policy decisions and debates on the health care system.
  • Explored strategies and storytelling techniques that can create engaging narratives and deepen understanding in news coverage on voter opinions on health care priorities.

This event was made possible with support from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM).


Claire Sheahan

President and CEO
Claire is the Chief Executive Officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She is a dynamic executive with more than 25 years of experience effectively engaging others to catalyze change in health care and health policy.  Claire has served in leadership roles in associations, corporations,  consulting and communications firms, including GMMB, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Fleishman Hillard, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (now AAM), Avalere, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, and others. In these roles, she has managed effective educational and engagement campaigns, introduced new capabilities, products and services, established novel cross-functional teams, and successfully achieved gains in reputational status, growth and audience impact.  In her career, she has worked for organizations across the spectrum in health care ranging from scientific discovery to public health to patient advocacy.  These include non-profits like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and National Health Council; medical leaders like the American Academy of Family Physicians, the International Society for Stem Cell Research and Mayo Clinic; and companies like Biogen, Cigna, and Siemens Health.  Claire is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she served a semester as a research assistant to a member of UK parliament, and a co-founder of the campus sketch comedy troupe. She also holds an MSc. with Distinction from the London School of Economics in Media and Communications, where her dissertation focused on the construct of public opinion within the halls of the U.S. Congress. Claire also served as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, teaching students in the Communications MA program. She is the mother of two children, a cancer survivor, and serves as a Director on the Fairfax Library Foundation Board.

Annie Linskey

Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Annie Linskey is a White House reporter with the Wall Street Journal. She's covered politics and policy on the state and national level for 20 years.

Liz Hamel

Vice President and Director, Public Opinion and Survey Research, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
Liz Hamel is vice president and director of public opinion and survey research at KFF. She oversees the team that is responsible for the KFF Health Tracking Poll, the COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor, and ongoing survey partnerships with news organizations such as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and CNN. In more than 20 years of public opinion research, she has directed survey projects on a range of topics, including attitudes and experiences regarding COVID-19; views of the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance; racial and ethnic disparities and discrimination; and health care as an issue in elections. Hamel serves on the executive council of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the board of directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.

Rachel Cohrs Zhang

Chief Washington Correspondent, STAT
Rachel Cohrs Zhang is the chief Washington correspondent for STAT, reporting on the intersection of politics, business, and health policy. She is also the author of the twice-weekly D.C. Diagnosis newsletter and leads STAT's D.C. bureau. She previously covered health care policy for Modern Healthcare and prescription drug pricing for Inside Health Policy. Rachel earned a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California.

Presentation: 5.15.24 Voter Priorities Slide Deck