I ‘ve started a series of blog posts that review each major party’s platform on healthcare and related issues. I take this information directly from the website of each party’s platform and include the link so you can read the complete document.
We’ve already looked at the parties’ views on gun violence and control. This post will look at health insurance.
Every office holder or candidate may or may not fully subscribe to their party’s platform. Whether you are registered as a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or some other party, ultimately you will vote for a person. Do your research and learn what that person stands for.
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This party platform was considered by the 2020 Platform committee at its meeting July 27, 2020 and was approved by the Democratic National Convention August 18, 2020.
ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL, AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HEALTH CARE
Democrats have fought to achieve universal health care for a century. We are proud to be the party of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.
Because of the Obama-Biden Administration and the Affordable Care Act, more than 100 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, from heart disease to asthma, are secure in the knowledge that insurance companies can no longer discriminate against them. Women can no longer be charged more than men just because of their gender. And more Americans are able to get health coverage than ever before.
Securing Universal Health Care Through a Public Option
Democrats believe we need to protect, strengthen, and build upon our bedrock health care programs, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Affairs (VA) system. Private insurers need real competition to ensure they have incentive to provide affordable, quality coverage to every American.
Choosing a public option through the ACA marketplace
To achieve that objective, we will give all Americans the choice to select a high-quality, affordable public option through the Affordable Care Act marketplace.
The public option will provide at least one plan choice without deductibles; will be administered by CMS, not private companies; and will cover all primary care without any co-payments and control costs for other treatments by negotiating prices with doctors and hospitals, just like Medicare does on behalf of older people.
Everyone will be eligible to choose the public option or another Affordable Care Act marketplace plan. To help close the persistent racial gap in insurance rates, Democrats will expand funding for Affordable Care Act outreach and enrollment programs, so every American knows their options for securing quality, affordable coverage.
Expand Medicare eligibility
And we will enable millions of older workers to choose between their employer-provided plans, the public option, or enrolling in Medicare when they turn 60, instead of having to wait until they are 65. Democrats are categorically opposed to raising the Medicare retirement age.
Americans should be able to access public coverage through a public option and those over 55 should be able to opt in to Medicare.
empower the states to use innovation waivers under the ACA to develop unique locally tailored approaches to health coverage
work to end other practices that lead to out-of-control medical debt , repeal the excise tax on high-cost health insurance, reducing out-of-pocket expenses, and capping prescription drug costs
fight against insurers trying to impose excessive premium increases
fight any attempts by Republicans to privatize, voucherize, or phase out Medicare as we know it
oppose Republican plans to slash funding and block grant Medicaid and SNAP
keep fighting until the ACA’s Medicaid expansion has been adopted in every state
Supporting Community Health Centers
We also know that finally covering every American through the public and private insurance system alone is not enough to guarantee universal access.
Investing in Community and Rural health clinics
That is why Democrats support doubling investments in community health centers and rural health clinics in underserved urban and rural areas,
including increased support for dental care, mental health care, and substance use services like medication-assisted treatment, support for mobile health clinics.
Grow the healthcare work force
We will expand the National Health Service Corps and Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program to grow a diverse primary care workforce and to address critical shortages of health care providers in medically underserved rural and urban areas, including primary care nurses, dental professionals, and mental health and substance use counselors.
exploring the HEART of healthcare change
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We must recover the traditional patient-physician relationship based on mutual trust, informed consent, and confidentiality.
To simplify the system for both patients and providers, we will reduce mandates and enable insurers and providers of care to increase healthcare options and contain costs.