In less than 2 days, America will have a new president, and with a new president comes new policy. The two presidential candidates, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton have differing health care policies, both of which will dramatically change health care in America if fully implemented.
Clinton’s plan builds off of the Affordable Care Act, which in turn was built off of previous health care reforms starting with Truman’s early efforts. This incrementalism is the most stable, and thus far, effective way to move forward in terms of health care progress. Another strong point of Clinton’s plan is stopping direct to consumer advertising subsidies for drug companies, and requiring drug companies with taxpayer support to invest in research-not marketing. This, along with streamlining the production of generic drugs, would increase competition, drive down costs, and give consumers more choices. Clinton’s plan does have weaknesses, including the methods by which her plan is implemented. She wishes to expand Medicaid and decrease out-of-pocket costs, but this may very well come to fruition in the form of tax increases. No plan is truly free, and the expansion of so many programs may come at the expense of Americans across the board.
Trump emphasizes following free market principles to broaden access to care and lower costs. A strong point is allowing health insurance sales across state lines, and if it works as intended, it would increase competition and lower prices. He also wants to remove free market entry barriers for drug providers that offer safe, reliable, and cheaper products, which would lower prescription drug costs through greater choice and competition. Trump’s plan is not without its flaws. A striking infirmity in Trump’s plan is dismantling the Affordable Care Act. There is too much uncertainty and risk involved with repealing this piece of legislation that has provided insurance to millions of previously uninsured Americans. In addition, there have been studies that show that health care premiums would have increased regardless of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Both candidates have similar big picture goals such as increasing competition among health insurance providers and reducing costs, however they are polar opposites when it comes to contentious issues including, but not limited to providing insurance to undocumented immigrants or reallocating funds to or from government health organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Trump seeks to enforce immigration laws & restrict visas to stop providing care to undocumented immigrants, while Clinton plans to expand access to health care to families regardless of immigration status. Clinton vows to continue funding and supporting Planned Parenthood, while Trump has repeatedly called for its defunding. Which policies do you think will be in America’s best interest, or not in America’s best interest?