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Clinton vs. Trump: A Healthcare Comparison

AJMC has a nice article summarizing some of the key differences between the two presidential candidates.  I paraphrase the article below.

  1. The future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Clinton wants to keep or even expand the ACA and wants to cap out-of-pocket drug costs.  Clinton has even called for a public option. On the other hand, Trump has called for a repeal of the ACA, in particular the individual mandate.
  2. Approaches to Medicaid. Clinton wants to make sure that all states expand Medicaid eligibility, but has not specified how she would do this.  Trump’s first called for block grants for Medicaid then he says the federal government should review basic Medicaid options with states, because, “we must also make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance.”  
  3. Controlling prescription drug costs.  Both candidates want to lower drug prices.  Clinton wants to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, tie federal research help to limits on profits, end direct-to-consumer ads and allow more generics and biosimilars to enter the market. Trump’s simply says, “Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America.”  
  4. Healthcare and immigration. Trump of course wnats to build his wall in part to reduce the cost of care to illegal immegrants.  Clinton, on the other hand, would allow all people–including illegal immigrants–to  buy coverage on the health insurance exchanges.
  5. Attention grabbers. Trump proposed allowing businesses to buy health insurance coverage for their employees across state lines. Clinton wants to expand Medicare, letting patients aged 55 and older buy into the system.  

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