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[Comment] Offline: The X factor in the 2016 US election

In all the extensive analysis about last week’s first Democratic debate in Las Vegas, one critical fact was surprisingly overlooked: health, and the broader determinants of health, were the central issues in the list of Democratic priorities offered to American voters. Health was directly addressed by several candidates. Bernie Sanders, a Senator from Vermont who has galvanised the base of the Democratic campaign by calling himself a “socialist”, opened his remarks by declaring that health is a right for every American citizen.