A Primer to the 2016 Presidential Election
On November 8th, we will be voting for a new president, and with a new president may come a new vision for health care for America.

There are many different views on health care reform, even among candidates of the same party, whether it is single-payer, free market, integrated savings, the list goes on. It is an exciting time for Americans, as we navigate these views to decide the next leader of our nation.

With our voter’s guide, we summarize the front-runners to the Presidency, how they viewed health care in the past, and how they’re going to change it in the future.

Views on Health Care by Third Party Candidates

Jill Stein – Green Party; Former Challenger for MA Governor – Plan: Single-Payer System

  • Supports a single-payer health care system, “30% of every healthcare dollar is being spent on bureaucracy, red tape and paper pushing. Under Medicare, that 30% shrinks down to 2% to 3%. That’s enough to cover everybody. And we deserve that.”
  • Believed that Obamacare made small improvements, but not enough to make substantial change
  • Proposes a Green New Deal, which “which will put everyone back to work at the same time that it puts a halt to climate change and it makes wars for oil obsolete.”

Gary Johnson – Libertarian Party; Former Republican NM Governor – Plan: Free-Market System

Views on Health Care by the Democratic Candidates

Hillary Clinton – Former Secretary of State – Plan: Improving Obamacare

Bernie Sanders – U.S Senator of Vermont – Plan: Single-Payer System

  • Voted YES for the Affordable Care Act
  • Believes that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not doing enough; proposes a single-payer health care system where the government pays the costs of health care
  • Reduce the cost of prescription drugs, “There is no rational reason why Americans should pay by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. The result of that is people are dying and becoming much sicker because they can’t afford the medicines they need,” Sanders said.”

Views on Health Care by the Republican Candidates

Donald Trump – American Businessman – Plan: Free-Market System

  • While praising the single-payer system, he ultimately proposes a free-market health care system, where prices are set between patient and health care provider
  • Believes that Obamacare has been a disaster, deductibles make health care virtually useless
  • Overcome the shortcomings of Medicare and Medicaid by “making America rich again”
  • Believes that insurance companies should not control politicians

Ben Carson – Retired American Neurosurgeon – Plan: Health Empowerment Accounts With a Free-Market System

  • Proposes to repeal Medicare and Medicaid and introduce health empowerment accounts (HEA). HEAs convert government funds from Medicare and Medicaid into personal savings accounts
  • A market-based approach to Medicare, introducing competition among insurance companies, giving patients less expensive options
  • Medicaid will be altered so patients can fund their expenses from their HEAs. Will include a private major medical insurance option for patients

Ted Cruz – U.S Senator of Texas – Plan: Free-Market System

  • One of the most ardent critics of Obamacare, believes that it should be repealed
  • Sponsored a bill called the Health Care Act, “that the laws of the state designated by a health insurance issuer (primary state) apply to individual health insurance coverage offered by that issuer in the primary state and in any other state (secondary state), but only if the coverage and issuer comply with the conditions of this Act.”
  • Proposes to save Medicare by raising the eligibility age
  • Supports the idea of a free-market based health care system

Marco Rubio – U.S Senator of Florida – Plan: Free-Market System

Author: Kevin V. Nguyen

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