In this week’s lecture, we reflected on both presidential candidates’ health care plans as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
First, Hillary Clinton wants defend and expand the ACA by making a “public option” available and allowing people 55 years or older to buy into Medicare. She also wants to decrease out-of-pocket costs as well as prescription drug costs. She wants to stop direct-to-consumer advertising subsidies and reinvest those funds in research. In addition, she would require drug companies with taxpayer support to invest in research instead of marketing. She also wants to import drugs from abroad (safely and with quality). She wants to expand Medicaid to affect low-income people, immigrants regardless of their status, and rural Americans. Finally, she wants to defend access to reproductive health and double the funding for community health centers.
One major strength of Clinton’s plan is that she already has a platform to build off of (the ACA). She doesn’t have to start from scratch. In addition, her expansion of Medicare/Medicaid would allow a lot more people to become insured. One weakness of Clinton’s plan is that she doesn’t really explain how she is to go about “cracking down the rising of prescription drug prices.”
Donald Trump wants to start by repealing the ACA completely and replacing it with a legislation that follows “free market principles.” He claims that this would broaden access and make healthcare more affordable and higher quality. He also wants to allow health insurance sales across state lines, fully deductible health insurance premiums, and Health Savings Accounts (particularly for young healthy people). He also wants to remove free market entry barriers for drug providers that offer safe, reliable, and cheaper products. Her wants to enforce immigration laws and restrict visas to stop providing care to undocumented immigrants (currently costs $11 billion annually). Finally, he wants to reform mental health programs and institutions.
Donald Trump’s plan on repealing the ACA could be very harmful to patients and to people who could have their health insurance taken away. He stated that he would replace Obamacare with a different legislation, but he hasn’t really explained what this new legislation would consist of. In addition, his plan on restricting visas to stop providing health care to undocumented immigrants is unethical and would be difficult to garner enough political support. However, one major strength of his health care policy is the reformation of mental health programs and institutions (although he hasn’t really stated how he would go about this).
What do you think are some strengths and/or weaknesses about either candidates’ healthcare policies?