Healthcare has been one of those fiery issues over which the Democrats and Republicans have remained divided, especially with regards to cost and access. The debate over what constitutes the ‘right’ healthcare regime and policies continues even today.
Affordable Care Act or Obamacare has been widely criticized by Republicans since its adoption in 2010. However, healthcare remains a major concern of both the leaders and the voters, in addition to concerns about the economy and terrorism.
The 2016 presidential candidates of both parties consider healthcare as one of the most important issues of the current era; hence, it has been a priority in their election campaigns. Each of them has highlighted the issues Americans face in the U.S. health care system and has presented proposals to address them.
This article discusses health care plans put forth by the major presidential candidates e.g. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton has been supporting Obamacare in her election campaign and promises to continue the program and even expand on it. With regard to huge criticisms of the program, Clinton has recommended some changes/modifications that will reduce its cost. She also expressed that she will increase the funding for the treatment and research of Alzheimer and Autism. Clinton is in favor of reducing the age limit for Medicare to 50 or 55 years old, if elected. She has expressed her support for ‘public option’ as well.
Permission to import drugs, access of women to reproductive healthcare, and making health insurances more affordable so that all American citizens are covered are also on Clinton’s agenda. She also vows to cut down the rising prices of prescription drugs.
According to Clinton, failure to pass healthcare reform in 1990s, when her husband Bill Clinton was promoting it has been her biggest political regret.
Donald Trump, contrary to Hillary Clinton, is against Obamacare and has several times proclaimed to end it, if elected.
“I would end Obamacare and replace it with something terrific, for far less money for the country and for the people”, said Trump in July, 2015.
“We are going to repeal Obamacare……we are going to replace Obamacare with something so much better”, he reiterated in February, 2016.
Knowing that Donald Trump has expertise in controlling project costs and being able to make successful deals (this time with the insurance companies), there is no doubt that he would be successful in creating the next generation of health care for American citizens.
Trump supports a healthcare plan that is based on the principles of free market, which would give insurance companies the ability to sell health insurances across states. Trump is willing to allow individuals, like businesses, to deduct the cost of their health insurance premiums from their tax returns. A major incentive for those of every tax bracket.
Trump is looking forward to reducing the health care expenditures by limiting health care access for illegal immigrants and taking measures to deport them. Also, he proclaims to ensure that there will be price transparency from doctors, hospitals and all other healthcare providers if he gets elected.
In addition, Obamacare tends to help the poor more than the middle class, which is fine as far as helping the poverty stricken is concerned, but many people in the middle class category have been launching complaints that their deductibles are $6000.00, over their co-pays are higher and some of their doctors are not in the plan, so the Affordable Care Act is not a balanced approach towards affordable healthcare for everyone.
The Choice is Clear
Vote for a candidate who will continue to support illegal immigration (which is also a security threat) and allow those who cheat the system to get healthcare over those legal immigrants who worked hard to get their citizenship or vote for a candidate who will create a better, balanced healthcare system that will allow all Americans the same benefits, as well as to allow them to deduct their healthcare expenses on their taxes.