The Candidates on Healthcare

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Why your vote matters

ElectionThe Hydrocephalus Association (HA) is leading a health reform movement in a fight for innovation and development in and around Hydrocephalus research. As a strategy, HA hopes to cultivate relationships with government officials and coalition allies positioned to take aim at the structural weaknesses of healthcare. That concept of effective healthcare for all—i.e. having access to a proper healthcare, health education, wellness and living standards –is continually being demonized and dismantled in the public discourse on health care among politicians and in the media.  This damaging trend presents a difficult and historic challenge, but it is the kind of challenge that HA can effectively address…with your help vote.

Election Day is less than three weeks away. For most of Americans, they will cast their vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, for the presidential candidate that best represents their interest. It is important to know before you vote what each candidate’s position is on healthcare and how it will impact you and your family.

Below is a brief synopsis of the 2016 Presidential Candidates’ views on healthcare (listed in alphabetical order):

The Democratic candidate, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has developed a healthcare plan which includes continuing efforts that President Obama has made by expanding the Affordable Care Act. She has proposed reductions on out-of-pocket costs (including co-pays and deductibles) and wants to increase funding for community health centers.  Additionally, Clinton wants to expand affordable health care to rural Americans and families regardless of immigration status. To learn about Clinton’s strategy, click here.

The Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson’s, current stance on healthcare has been publicly less defined. Johnson has made statements expressing his opposition on government-mandated health insurance. He has wavered on his views on mandatory vaccinations but has recently stated that he would require vaccinations so that every child could be immune. To learn more about Johnson’s issues, click here.

The Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, plans to refine Medicare to cover all eligible individuals that will include no co-pays, premiums and deductibles. Stein wants to prioritize preventive health care and avoid chronic diseases by investing in community health infrastructures. To learn more about Stein initiatives, click here.

The Republican candidate Donald Trump has envisioned a different plan where he will repeal the Affordable Care Act (referred to as Obamacare) and replace it with Health Savings Accounts. He plans to allow individuals to purchase insurance across all 50 states. Additionally, Trump intends to work with Congress to create patient-center health systems. To learn more about Trump’s health plan, click here.

HA encourages you to research the candidates before heading out to the polls. Remember, your vote matters and will initiate the first step in changing the current narrative on healthcare.

This blog is intended for informational purposes only. The Hydrocephalus Association is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse any candidates running for national, state, or local office.

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