The American Presidential Race: Candidates Views on Health Care
I must admit, I’m addicted to American politics. Ever since I was a young adult, I’ve had somewhat of a fascination for the American political system, and every four years I find myself glued to the American presidential race. None more than this year! To be sure, this year is “quite special” given the circus that is taking place in the race for the republican presidential candidate. As a consequence, I’ve become a bit addicted to CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and the New York Times.
There are seven candidates left in the race, and it’s interesting to see their current views on health care.
Hillary Clinton’s views are for the most part, to carry on the legacy of Barrack Obama. She is wed to preserving the essential tenets of the Affordable Care Act, and plans to build on that program and fortify it. In particular, she plans to work on reducing the out-of pocket costs to families.1
Ben Carson, the retired paediatric neurosurgeon wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act will and replace ObamaCare with “Health Empowerment Accounts (HEAs) that give people–not government bureaucrats–control of their health care”.2 He contends that this will result in lower health care premiums for Americans and give citizens access high deductible catastrophic health insurance.
Ted Cruz, claims he would repeal “every word” of the Affordable Care Act. He is (in)famous for once attempting to spearhead a government shutdown in a plan to defund ObamaCare.3 The ultra-right politician spoke for 21 hours on the Senate floor, even resorting to reading from Dr. Seuss’s famous Green Eggs and Ham.4
What can you say about “The Donald”. Mr. Trump has managed to break every single rule and is single handedly turning the republican race on its head. He plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare with “something terrific”. Of course, in typical Trump fashion, the specifics of “something terrific” are elusive. He does add, however, that “at the lower end, where people have no money, I want to try and help those people.”5
Bernie Sanders, the 74 year-old “social democrat” is the most clear on his health care policy. He is quoted as assaying: “My view is simple: health care is a right, not a privilege. We spend far more than any other country on health care, but 29 million Americans remain uninsured and millions more are under-insured. That is unacceptable”.6
John Kasich, the Ohio Governor, also wants to repeal ObamaCare. However, as he did in Ohio, he proposes to expand Medicaid.7
Marco Rubio, the fifth republican candidate, feels that ObamaCare is flawed because it relies on a philosophy that he opposes. He rejects the notion that “the federal government can solve our problems through more spending, more taxes, more regulations, and more bureaucrats.”9
It’s quite the show, this 2016 presidential race. And like previous elections, there is quite a marked differences in the platforms between the Republicans and the Democrats.
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