Health Politics

Overview

Executive Branch

  • President
  • Presidential Staff. See Office of the President for links to various Executive Office of the President agencies.

Bureaucracy

  • Cabinet Agencies. See Cabinet Agencies for links to all Cabinet agencies with health-related activities.
  • Independent Agencies. See Independent Agencies and Federal Advisory Groups for links to all independent federal agencies and advisory groups with health-related activities.
  • Political Appointees
  • Civil Servants

Congress

  • Senate. See Senatefor links to Senate leadership and all health-related committees. HELP and Finance are the principal committees dealing with major health policy issues such as Medicare, Medicaid and employer-provided health benefits.
    • Senate Leadership
    • Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee
    • Senate Finance Committee
  • House. See House of Representatives for links to House leadership and all health-related committees. Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce are the principal committees dealing with major health policy issues such as Medicare, Medicaid and employer-provided health benefits.
    • House Leadership
    • Ways and Means Committee
    • Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Joint Committees. See Joint Committees for links.

    • Joint Economic Committee.
    • Joint Committee on Taxation. Analysts at this committee estimate whether changes in tax law will raise or decrease revenue.
  • Congressional Agencies. See Congressional Agencies for links.

    • Congressional Budget Office
    • MedPAC
    • Congressional Research Service

Federal Judiciary. See Federal Judicial Branch for basic links to structure/organization of federal judiciary. See Kaiser Health News, Supreme Court, for news about the Supreme Court.

State Government. See State Government for basic links to structure/organization of state governments. State Health Policy Research includes links to policy research organizations that specialize in state-level health policy issues.

  • Executive Branch. See State Executive Branch for basic links to health-related state executive branch agencies.
  • Legislative Branch. See State Legislative Branch for basic links to health-related state legislative branch committees.

Local Government. See Local Government for basic links to structure/organization of local governments.

Interest Groups

Electoral Participants

  • Campaigners
  • Political Parties

Academics, Researchers and Consultants

  • Policy Research Organizations. See Policy Research Organizations for a list of non-academically-based organizations doing health policy-related research and analysis.
  • Universities. See Policy Research Centers for academically-based centers and programs doing health policy-related research and analysis.
  • Foundations. Non-profit foundations have legal restrictions on lobbying. However, foundation-funded research often provides the raw material for advocacy efforts in policy debates. See Foundations for a list of major national and regional foundations that provide funding for health policy research.

The Media

Public Opinion

  • See Public Opinion for a list of major polling organizations involved in public opinion polling on health policy-related issues.
  • Public Opinion (Health Affairs topic page)

News

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