Trump on HealthcareFrom 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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