No matter which candidate wins the presidential election on November 8, the future of healthcare in the U.S. will change. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are on record in calling for changes in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Hillary Clinton would incorporate her changes within the overall framework of the ACA, while Trump would seek to repeal Obamacare.
Clinton would expand ACA
Hillary Clinton would focus on expanding Medicaid to increase coverage in rural areas. Mrs. Clinton strongly believes in women’s health care and feels that mental health care needs to be expanded at the community level. Clinton has listed her number one concern as prescription drug reform. The inflation in pharmaceutical prices is a major concern of voters, and the drug companies have done an excellent job of alienating themselves from the public through excessive price hikes and tax avoidance schemes.
Just how much of Mrs. Clinton’s program could be implemented will depend on who controls Congress. If the GOP maintains control of both the Senate and House of Representatives, many of her reforms will be hard to achieve.
As your president, I want to build on the progress we’ve made. I’ll do more to bring down health care costs for families, ease burdens on small businesses, and make sure consumers have the choices they deserve. And frankly, it is finally time for us to deal with the skyrocketing out-of-pocket health costs, and particularly runaway prescription drug prices. — Hillary Clinton
Trump will repeal Obamacare
Donald Trump is firmly on board with the Republican agenda to repeal the ACA. Beyond that, Trump has proposed allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines and providing tax incentives for both individuals and corporations to encourage enrollment in private plans. Trump has called for a free market in prescription drugs by allowing Americans to purchase drugs from foreign countries. Prices offshore are almost always lower for the same quality pharmaceutical product.
Every American deserves access to high quality, affordable health care, not just insurance. Obamacare has failed on cost and quality of health care. It must be repealed. America needs a patient-centered health care system, allowing families and their doctors to be primary decision makers. Provide for the sale of health insurance across state lines. — Donald Trump
Bill Clinton calls Obamacare “crazy”
Hillary Clinton’s commitment to Obamacare was put in the spotlight this week when former President Bill Clinton referred to Obamacare as “the craziest thing in the world.” The Clinton campaign tried to walk back the remarks of the potential First Spouse, but there was little doubt that Mr. Clinton was speaking from the heart.
So you've got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It's the craziest thing in the world. — Former President Bill Clinton
Hillarycare could replace Obamacare
Assuming that the former President and Mrs. Clinton have discussed health care over the breakfast table, it does raise some question as to how committed Hillary Clinton would be towards retaining Obamacare. When she was First Lady in the 1990’s, Mrs. Clinton created her version of a comprehensive healthcare plan which many called “Hillarycare.” It is likely that if elected, President Clinton would incorporate some of her original ideas into an expanded version of the ACA.
Needless to say, the Trump campaign and GOP congressional candidates were gleeful at the former President’s remarks.
President Bill Clinton came out and told the truth about Obamacare. He’s absolutely trashed President Obama’s signature legislation. Can you imagine what he went through after making that statement? He went through hell. — Donald Trump