Monday, September 26, 2016

ELECTION 2016 - Healthcare at Risk

"Obamacare's future at stake in election" PBS NewsHour 9/22/2016

Republicans (especially emperor-with-no-cloths  Trump) would like to dismantle or weaken the ACA and go back to the old system, and dump our poorest citizens so the Health Insurance Industry can make MORE profits.  Totally in-line with their 'money before people' dogma.  After all, the poor don't make the big$ contributions to Republicans, who know who is really paying them.


SUMMARY:  One big issue at stake in this election is President Obama's signature domestic achievement:  the Affordable Care Act.  While Hillary Clinton wants to preserve and expand the law, Donald Trump would replace it with a series of smaller measures.  From Arizona, special correspondent Sarah Varney speaks with residents about what they would like to see in future health care policy.

GWEN IFILL (NewsHour):  And now we continue our coverage of the issues of this campaign.  Tonight:  health care, and specifically what's at stake for President Obama's signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare.

It's turned into a significant issue in some states, like Arizona, where polls show Hillary Clinton in a tight contest with Donald Trump.

Special correspondent Sarah Varney looks at those concerns and the candidates' plans.  This story was produced in collaboration with our partner Kaiser Health News.

SARAH VARNEY, Special correspondent:  Just weeks before the presidential election, Tempe, Arizona resident Josephine has spent nearly every morning driving, waiting, and back at home worrying.

Once uninsured, she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and gets health coverage through Obamacare.  The 61-year-old, who goes by Jo, says she trusts just one candidate to keep her covered.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Nominee:  I will continue to improve the Affordable Care Act.  I will work to get the costs down, premiums, co-pays, deductibles, prescription drug costs.


SARAH VARNEY:  Hillary Clinton has offered detailed plans to preserve and expand the law, even pushing for a public option, a type of government-run insurance plan.  She also wants to expand tax subsidies to reduce health care costs and allow people 55 and older to buy into Medicare.

DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Nominee:  We're going to repeal and replace Obamacare so quickly.


SARAH VARNEY:  Meanwhile, Donald Trump wants to replace the health law with a handful of smaller measures, like allowing insurance to be sold across state lines and tax deductions for premiums.

Health policy experts say these approaches would cover far fewer people than the Affordable Care Act.

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