Redistricting brought new boundaries to northern California’s 7th congressional district — and an even split between Republicans and Democrats. Incumbent Dan Lungren and Dr. Ami Bera are battling to represent the district. They are “very effective stand ins for the two sides in the national debate” on Medicare says one analyst.

When Republican Rep. Dan Lungren faced a crowd of tea party supporters and Democratic detractors at a recent town hall meeting outside Sacramento in the town of Carmichael, the arguments showed how explosive the Medicare debate can get in the hottest races in the country.

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Quick Read: Medicare Battle Heats Up California House Race 19 September,2012Lisa Aliferis


Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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