With the 2016 Presidential Election getting closer, it is very important for HSSPers to get to know both candidates’ strategies and their strengths and weaknesses, especially in the health care aspect. Based on what we talked about in class on Thursday, I think one of the strengths of Hillary Clinton’s health care policy is that her plan is basically maintaining and building upon the Affordable Care Act, which means it is relatively secure comparing to Trump’s plan of replaceing ACA with a completely new health care plan. Since many people already know the content of ACA somehow and understand how it works, it might also be easier to improve it base on the strengths and weaknesses it has now. The weaknesses of Clinton’s plan might be drug importation. It is understandable that the intention of this policy is to make up the problem that some drugs could hardly be found in America. However, importing drugs abroad could be really risky if the safety and quality standard is not settled well enough. According to what I researched online, I did not see a very good way to solve this problem in Clinton’s health care plan. Thus, this is the weakness I am worried about the most.
One of the weaknesses in Trump’s plan is what I talked about before, that he wants to replace ACA with a completely new plan, which is kind of risky. Although there is a lot of criticisms about ACA, it still works fine right now and there is no guarantee that another health care plan could be just as good as it is. The strength of Trump’s plan might be his enforcement of getting rid of the state barrier and encouraging more competition. ACA is being criticized the most because of its high price, and free market strategy might be helpful to lower the price of health insurance.
What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of both candidates’ health care plans?