Whose healthcare plan will you choose in 2020?

At least in the memory of anyone alive today, we have never seen a presidential campaign quite like this one, maybe never in United States’ history.

In less than 100 days registered voters in the United States will elect their next President, possibly sooner if you plan to vote absentee or by mail.

Votes will choose from among several candidates-

  • Incumbent president, Donald J. Trump- Republican
  • Former Vice President, Joe Biden-Democrat

And a long list of third party and independent candidates, who may or may not be on the ballot in your state-

  • Jo Jorgenson-Liberarian
  • Howie Hawkins-Green Party
  • Don Blankenship-Constitution Party
  • Kanye West-Birthday Party

Campaign 2020

American presidential campaigns are always contentious, involving often widely different views on

  • the economy
  • taxes/Social Security
  • national security/defense
  • immigration
  • foreign policy
  • jobs/employment
  • education
  • crime/violence/guns
  • healthcare

And this year new issues make this campaign even more raucous than usual with debate on

  • widespread protests
  • rioting/looting
  • misuse of force by police
  • racism/reparations/justice
  • recession/jobs loss
  • evictions/food insecurity
  • business shutdowns
  • school closures
  • public health restrictions
  • overwhelmed hospitals
  • disease and deaths due to COVID-19

At least in the memory of anyone alive today, we have never seen a presidential campaign quite like this one, maybe never in United States’ history.

The candidates speak-

Earlier this year I reviewed the official websites of the Republican and the Democratic political parties and wrote posts summarizing their proposals for healthcare.

Then I visited the campaign websites of the two major party candidates for President of the United States, first reviewing their healthcare stances in general and then their views on the COVID-19 pandemic specifically.

This post contains links to all of those posts so you can easily review them as you carefully consider how you will vote this year. As I said before, I encourage you to read the entire original documents yourself, especially as there may be updates.

Through this blog I do not endorse any particular candidate; if it seems otherwise, that is unintentional and accidental.

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3 BRANCHES OF U.S. GOVERNMENT
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The Parties’ Platforms on Healthcare

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How the Republicans want to fix your healthcare

The Republican National Committee chose to defer writing a platform for 2020. Instead they issued a RESOLUTION REGARDING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM . It concludes with the following resolutions: That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda;


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How the Democrats want to fix your healthcare- a review of the party platform

“Democrats have been fighting to secure universal health care for the American people for generations, and we are proud to be the party that passed Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Being stronger together means finally achieving that goal. We are going to fight to make sure every American has access to quality, affordable health care.” quote from the Democratic party platform

The President Candidates’ Healthcare Positions and Policies

The White House

Donald Trump’s Healthcare Achievements-a review

Donald J. Trump served as U.S. President from January 2017 through January 2021. Posts about him will remain on this blog for historical purposes. As indicated when first published, they do not imply indorsement of him, his policies, or actions.

The President Candidates’ COVID-19 pandemic response

The White House

Donald Trump’s Actions to Combat the Coronavirus

Donald J. Trump served as U.S. President from January 2017 through January 2021. Posts about him will remain on this blog for historical purposes. As indicated when first published, they do not imply indorsement of him, his policies, or actions.

Exploring the HEART of campaign 2020

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Donald Trump’s Healthcare Achievements-a review

Donald J. Trump served as U.S. President from January 2017 through January 2021. Posts about him will remain on this blog for historical purposes. As indicated when first published, they do not imply indorsement of him, his policies, or actions.

update January 7, 2021

Donald J. Trump served as U.S. President from January 2017 through January 2021. Posts about him will remain on this blog for historical purposes. As indicated when first published, they do not imply indorsement of him, his policies, or actions.

Due to the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV2 virus, health has been a major topic in both world and national news this year and will continue to be so for months if not years. And health is a major issue in this year’s United States’ presidential election in November 2020.

Health care was a major issue in the 2008 election and proved to be momentous. In his campaign, the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, promised health care reform and as President he delivered with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) the first time Americans have had universal health care.

The ACA sparked heated debate in the 2016 election with the Democratic candidate pledging to build upon it and Republican candidate vowing to dismantle it . This year the debate continues.

Healthcare and the Presidential campaign 2020

In this and another post, I review and list what I think are some of the most important points in the health care philosophy of each major party candidate, according to information on their official websites.

I am not endorsing either of the candidates, their party ,or their healthcare plans. My intent is to present a non-partisan look at what they have done and propose. If it sounds otherwise, that is unintentional. I’ll give you the links to their sites and encourage you to read them for yourself.

You should also review a post I wrote about the Republican Party healthcare platform.

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The incumbent candidate-Republican- Donald J. Trump

Donald J. Trump, owner and former president of The Trump Organization, was elected the 45th U.S. president in 2016. He was born June 14, 1946. Mr. Trump is married to Melania Trump and has 5 children.

 “ Making America Great Again Healthcare

President Donald J. Trump Achievements

The Trump Administration

  • expanded access to Association Health Plans (AHPs) allowing small business to pool risk across states.
  • launched a program to provide the HIV prevention drug PrEP to uninsured patients for free.
  • issued guidance expanding options for individuals with chronic conditions. High deductible plans can now cover products such as insulin, inhalers and statins pre-deductible.
  • issued a rule allowing health care workers to refuse to provide services like abortion, sterilization or assisted suicide, if they cite a religious or conscientious objection.
  • announced the launch of a new COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal in an effort to cover testing and treatment for uninsured individuals.

As part of the landmark Tax Cuts and Jobs Act President Trump repealed the individual mandate, which forced people to buy expensive insurance and taxed those who couldn’t afford it.

The mandate disproportionately hurt the poor: 80% of those affected made less than $50,000.

As President, Mr. Trump
  • took executive action to strengthen Medicare and reform the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging seniors on their drugs.
  • pressured China to close dangerous loopholes that allowed Chinese fentanyl manufacturers to legally ship the compound worldwide, much of which ended up in the U.S.
  • created a bipartisan opioid commission that issued 56 recommendations to help defeat the opioid crisis.
  • invoked the Defense Production Act, giving power to allocate health care supplies and increase production of necessary products to counter COVID-19. 
  • worked with Congress to stop surprise medical billing.
As President, Mr. Trump signed
  • the bipartisan Tobacco-Free Youth Act to raise the nationwide age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products to 21 years old.
  • the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, expanding the SNAP and WIC programs by adding $500 million, helping pregnant women and those who lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
  • an executive order to modernize flu vaccines and help protect more Americans by promoting new technologies to improve vaccine manufacturing and effectiveness.
  • a bill to extend Veterans Choice Health Care Law.
  • an executive order that increased price and quality transparency in American health care.
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replica of the Oval Office at the Reagan Presidential Library, photo by Dr. Aletha
Exploring the HEART of healthcare election politics

Thanks for reviewing this overview of Mr. Trump’s health care achievements. I hope you will take the time to review his website for yourself. In another post I will review the views of the Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.

At this time there is still much uncertainty as to how we will be able to vote in November without getting exposed to the coronavirus. Whatever the situation is in your community, I hope you will find a way to participate in this important process, one of our most precious rights and privileges as United States citizens.

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