With the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaching, American citizens are frantically examining where each candidate stands on major issues in order to help make the grueling decision of who the next president of the United States should be. One major issue at hand is health care. Presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, having completely conflicting viewpoints on the subject matter. The debate ultimately comes down to the candidates stances on Obamacare, the health care program that President Obama introduced in 2010.
Obamacare, also referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was created to provide more American citizens with health insurance with lower costs and higher quality through regulations and taxes. The act gone through its fair share of dilemmas, ranging from technological issues with its official website to financial concerns. Despite those obstacles, Obamacare has benefited over 20 million people nationwide.
Republican candidate Donald Trump has taken a strong stance against Obamacare, vocally bashing the program on several occasions. Trump has repeatedly stated, “On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.” He has nothing but negative things to say about the Affordable Care Act. On his official website, Trump states, “Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare.” Trump’s goal is to abolish the Affordable Care Act and introduce the country to a health care reform that will “make America great again.” He desires to implement several reforms that will ultimately lower health care costs and provide Americans with financial stability. These reforms range from “allowing individuals to use Health Savings Accounts” to “modifying existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines.” Trump also believes a big step in lowering healthcare costs will be enforcing immigration laws. He writes, “Providing health care to illegal immigrants costs us some $11 billion annually. If we were to simply enforce the current immigration laws and restrict the unbridled granting of visas to this country, we could relieve healthcare cost pressures on state and local governments.”
On the other hand, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and reducing the cost of health care all together, allowing more people to reap its benefits. While Clinton does support the overall concept of Obamacare, she does acknowledge that there are flaws with the current system. In a campaign video Clinton stated, “What we have to do, I think, is defend the Affordable Care Act and fix it.” As stated on her official website, Clinton believes that “affordable health care is a basic human right” and that every American citizen should be able to have health care. In order to achieve this goal of affordable health care, Clinton plans on expanding and revising Obamacare if she wins the election. She plans on reducing out-of-pocket costs and the price of prescription drugs. Clinton also wants to expand the program to benefit the families of undocumented immigrants, which is completely paradoxical to Trump’s plan.
When considering both candidates stances on health care, it also important to remember their stances on the several different subjects that branch from health care. For example, reproductive health is an extremely controversial and dividing topic between Republicans and Democrats. Clinton has taken a strong stand in supporting the concept of pro-choice and plans on supporting organizations like Planned Parenthood. On the other hand, Trump has exhibited a lack of consistency on his stance. In the past, he has labeled himself as pro-choice, but he later altered his to pro-life to align with more Conservative ideals as the election drew closer.
While both candidates have a tremendous amount to disagree on in terms of health care, they do agree on certain aspects. Both candidates are in favor of lowering the overall price of prescription drugs. In order to accomplish this, both candidates have stated in their plans of action that promoting the idea of competition between drug companies is the way to go.
Whether Republican or Democrat, it is evident to everyone that health care is a big issue for America. While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have different outlooks on how health care as a whole should be handled by the government, they are both in agreement that they desire health care to be more accessible to the majority of the United States. The true question is “whose plan will ultimately be instated?” America will just have to wait and find out on Nov. 8.