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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”.2He 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.

If you have any thoughts about this election or about the candidates’ views on health care, respond to the blog, or better yet…please stop by the Macklem House, my door is always open.

Richard

 

 

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/us/elections/health-care.html
  2. https://www.google.ca/search?q=ben+carson++health+care&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=ZobTVs3RCYSljgTa-Zb4AQ#eob=m.03znkl//short&gws_rd=cr
  3. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2013/09/21/ted-cruz-s-pathway-to-victory-on-defunding-obamacare/
  4. http://obamacarefacts.com/ted-cruz-obamacare/
  5. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/249697-trump-replace-obamacare-with-something-terrific
  6. https://www.google.ca/search?q=bernie+sanders+health+care&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=HorTVt-IHYuHjwTB2avoAQ#eob=m.01_gbv//short&gws_rd=cr
  7. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/john-kasich-believe-candidate-stands-10-issues/
  8. https://www.google.ca/search?q=rubio+health+care&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=OozTVvKfGuL5jgTauL74AQ#q=rubio+healthcare&eob=m.0dpr5f//short
  9. https://www.google.ca/search?q=rubio+health+care&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=OozTVvKfGuL5jgTauL74AQ#eob=m.0dpr5f//short&gws_rd=cr

M David Low MD, CM,, PhD, FRCP(C) Queens Meds '60

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:40

I have watched every US federal election since 1962 and i’ve analyzed and advised on health policy matters in seven States and the White House (Bill and Hillary Clinton while they were still in Arkansas and then the Presidency). Donald Trump has changed everything, not least the Republican party. My personal take on all of this is that Obama Care will remain and will be spruced up by the next president Clinton, and the Republican party will sink into oblivion for the foreseeable future. To be replaced by who knows what

M David Low MD, CM,, PhD, FRCP(C) Queens Meds '60

Dear David,

Thanks for your perspective, especially coming from someone who is so knowledgeable. I share your views in the fate of ObamaCare.

Richard

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Fred Moffat

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:42

It is fascinating indeed. From my vantage point in Miami, this is something of a train wreck. I’m no fan of either party in their current iterations – the thought of Trump or Hillary in the White House, with all their well documented personal oddities and perversions, leaves me utterly cold.

That the FBI doesn’t have the stones to deck Hillary out in their famed jailhouse pinstripes and that Trump is obviously comfortable acting like the brown shirts in 1938 Germany is, to say the least, more than a little problematic. We’ll see how the Republic weathers these twin insults to sanity.

Fred Moffat

Thanks for the comment Fred. It really is quite amazing; the prospect of Trump vs Clinton. This is beyond the stuff of far-fetched fiction. What’s great about being Canadian is that we get the entertainment without having to live with the consequences.

Richard

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John Arber from Medicine 1971.

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:42

Dean Reznick. I too am very interested in the U.S. Election process because we lived in the States for 30 years, although we did not vote. From the outset I am a Democrat in all seasons and now would support Hiliary Clinton. Our daughter in law is American and tells me Obamacare is not the disaster the Republicans would have us all believe. The race is tremendously entertaining and educational from across the 49th parallel. I think a similar sentiment forced out Harper. “Let’s just throw out the good old boys!” We will both watch on until November and beyond. The final result will impact Canada in no small way.

John Arber from Medicine 1971.

Dear John,

Thanks for the comment.

It sure is entertainment for us in Canada as we watch, with incredulity, the ramp up to November. It’s likely the case that the majority of Canadians would be “democrats” in the U.S.

Richard

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