In a presidential race as close and contentious as this one, opinions regarding healthcare will likely play a big role in how people vote this November. Here’s where the candidates stand.
In November 2016, the American people will elect the next President of the United States — but in the meantime, a number of candidates are fighting tooth and nail to put themselves in the best position to be their party’s nominee. With all the debates, media coverage, rumors, and ad campaigns floating around, it’s no easy task separating the facts from the fiction regarding the candidates’ stances on major issues. To help you sort through the static, here’s a brief summary of five major candidates’ views on healthcare.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz adamantly opposes the Affordable Care Act, according to On the Issues, vowing to repeal the law down to “every single word.” You may remember the senator leading the 2013 government shutdown in defiance of the initiative. After defunding and repealing the ACA, Cruz proposes replacing the system with market-based health insurance. In 2015, he introduced the Health Care Choices Act, which would allow people to buy health insurance across state lines, according to The Hill.
It would undo much of the ACA, including the mandate to buy insurance, the marketplaces, and subsidies. To help bolster Medicare, Cruz has proposed gradually increasing the eligibility age and moving to a premium support system.
Like Senator Cruz, Donald Trump supports repealing and replacing ObamaCare, according to On the Issues. He calls the law a “complete disaster” and instead is in favor of a free-market system that allows citizens to purchase plans across state lines. This, according to Trump, would increase competition and thereby reduce the costs associated with health insurance. He has also expressed interest in and possible support of health savings accounts, like the ones proposed by Ben Carson, as Politifact reports. Trump has promised to save Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid through economic growth.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio joins his fellow Republican candidates in their desire to defund, repeal, and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to On the Issues. Rubio thinks the ACA stifles innovation with so many regulations, so he supports a market-driven alternative. This would include providing alternatives to employer-based insurance and expanding Medicaid choices without changing the system for anyone over 55. The senator believes all children should be vaccinated, with some leeway for medical exceptions.
During the Ebola scare, Rubio proposed temporarily banning visas to non-US citizens traveling to regions affected by the virus and targeting the problem at the source, while focusing on the development of a vaccine.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes that universal health care is a core Democratic principle. While she supports the Affordable Care Act, Clinton does have suggestions for change, namely decreasing the out-of-pocket costs, increasing price transparency, and blocking increases in premium costs. Clinton has long been an advocate for universal health care and believes the United States should be involved in international health initiatives as well, particularly in the battle against HIV/AIDS.
Clinton believes that children should be vaccinated. She vows to lower the cost of prescription drugs, incentivize drug companies to invest in research, and fight for women’s access to reproductive health care. During the Ebola crisis, she advocated for sending resources to Africa, in addition to fighting the virus at home.
The senator from Vermont has proposed a “Medicare for all” system of health care, believing it is a fundamental human right. While he voted for the Affordable Care Act, Sanders thinks the law did not go far enough and would prefer a single-payer system. In Sanders‘ plan, insurance would not be tied to employment, but state and federal governments would provide healthcare to all Americans. A national oversight board would establish a budget and participating states would be required to set up their own single-payer system. The senator believes vaccinations are safe and effective and that choosing not to vaccinate children is dangerous.
Whatever the candidates’ opinions are on healthcare policy, at a basic level they all agree that everyone should have access to affordable healthcare. Regardless of whether you have health insurance, SingleCare allows members to search an online database of doctors who deliver care at the same negotiated rates similar to those that insurance companies pay. Members pay only for the treatments they need, at prices they can afford. No matter who is elected and what policy initiatives they put in place, you can always depend on SingleCare to get you the care you need to stay healthy.
(Featured image: Michael Vadon)