What Clinton and Trump Want to Do About Your Health

Welp, we're down to the wire, with LESS THAN ONE FULL WEEK before the election. I've avoided mentioning politics in any kind of depth up until now, to spare the last shreds of sanity I have left from this rollercoaster ride through the hellscape that is partisan politics. 

Somewhere above the trite euphemisms, circular logic, and flat-out insults to our collective intelligence, there are issues. Somewhere in those issues, are two politicians who have at least a semblance of policy, or so we hope. We're sifting through the rage, pandering, and email leaks to find out just where the politicians stand. First on our docket: Healthcare


Hillary on Healthcare

Straight from hillaryclinton.com, there are a fair few issues regarding American healthcare that Clinton addresses. She states that on various health epidemics such as Alzheimers, Autism, HIV/AIDS, and mental health in general we require more research and treatment options while minimizing out-of-pocket costs. Clinton is also a proponent of paid medical leave, up to 12 weeks guarenteed, she states that tax reforms she will implement will cover the costs for the "paid leave plan".  

In regards to the American healthcare system as a whole, Hillary wants "Universal, quality, affordable health care for everyone in America." Much like her ideas for specific medical issues, this comes in the form reducing costs, expanding/maintaining healthcare access, and raising funds for certain initiatives:

Reducing Costs: Clinton seeks to lower prescription drugs costs for families and seniors. She states she will protect consumers by enforcing regulatory standards and penalties to drug-makers who attempt to increase prices of life-saving drugs in highly consolidated healthcare markets. 

- Healthcare Access: Clinton will keep the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare or ACA), with plans to expand the healthcare coverage to the public and let 55+ year olds buy into Medicare.

- Funding: Clinton is pro reproductive rights and will obviously defend abortions and sexual health care. She's also stating she will try and "double funding" for community health centers and increase healthcare access to rural Americans. 


Trump on Healthcare

From the desk (and website) of Donald J Trump, we can see he really doesn't like the Affordable Care Act. Citing it as, "terrible legislation" Trump's healthcare vision seems to be fully hinged on repealing Obamacare. In a Trump presidency after the repeal he vows to:

-Allow for insurers to sell health insurance across state lines.

-Allow individuals to deduct health insurance premiums from tax returns.

- Require cost transparency for healthcare providers.

- Block-grant Medicaid to all states.

-" Remove barriers to entry into free markets" for international drug makers, he states this will allow for more affordable options for consumers. Which I'm assuming means to change current drug import laws

Other than this, Trump makes no comment in his platform on reproductive rights, or any specific health initiatives he plans on making outside of repealing the Affordable Care Act. His "key issues" on the healthcare platform page only cite how horrible ACA is. Recently he's been giving out misinformation regarding partial birth abortions, and yesterday he doubled-down on his disdain for Obamacare, saying it will "destory American healthcare forever". 


Stocks That Could Be Affected

Aetna (NYSE: AET)- Already partially withdrawing from Obamacare in 11 states after a recent DoJ lawsuit, Aetna's presence as a partial provider could be directly affected by either Trump's repeal or Clinton's desire to expand.

Anthem (NYSE: ANTM)- Picking up the slack from Aetna's withdrawal, Anthem offered to expand its ACA business in exchange for a favor; if the Feds allow the $48BN dollar merger between Anthem and Cigna (NYSE: CI, and also an Obamacare provider) to go through. A DoJ judge stated there will be no ruling on the merger until the end of January, as the judgment hangs in the balance along with the general election.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH)- Yet another healthcare provider through Obamacare and the nation's largest insurer also cut provisions and reported losses. When the presidential inaguration occurs, UNH will be working on its newest health insurance provision, an accountable care organization (ACO) aimed to attract " self-funded employers".


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