This week's Super Tuesday primaries in nearly a dozen states could set the course for the 2016 presidential healthcare debate. Based on polls, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have a good chance to score victories in enough states to clinch their party's nomination in March.
If they face off against each other in November, the debate likely will be whether to expand and improve the Affordable Care Act or shift to more market-oriented approaches such as health savings accounts and interstate sales of health insurance plans. Still, Trump's direction on healthcare is somewhat unpredictable, given his statements supporting single-payer and the individual mandate that he later disavowed. Politico was recently unable to find any health policy experts who acknowledged offering Trump advice.