LAS VEGAS — Industry conferences have generated a lot more political punditry than normal in the past year or so — and with good reason. A presidential race unlike any other in history is dominating headlines (and social media), and the outcome could have widespread repercussions for the health care industry. 

At last week's AHIP Institute & Expo in Las Vegas, several notable political experts added their thoughts to the fray. During a session titled "Healthcare 2016 and What It Means for the Future of Health Care," political strategist and media commentator Stephanie Cutter, who served as a senior advisor to President Obama, joined Nicolle Wallace, bestselling author and former White House director of communications during the George W. Bush presidency, to discuss this year's crazy political environment.

Where do we stand?

When asked to discuss the current state of the race, Cutter noted that Donald Trump has "wasted the last five weeks" and is currently struggling to unify his party. Meanwhile, things finally seem to be coming together on the Democratic side, as Bernie Sanders slowly fades away and Hillary Clinton begins to gain momentum. 

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the editor-in-chief of BenefitsPRO Magazine and He has covered the insurance industry for more than a decade, including stints at Retirement Advisor Magazine and ProducersWeb.