As prices for health insurance continue to rise drastically in many states, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wants to make Obamacare the forefront of his campaign before the final votes are cast. He continues to label the policy as a failure and insists that he willrepeal and replace it if elected president.
Trump has proven his ignorance on many issues, but he may have a point when questioning Obamacare. Obamacare is one of the most divisive political issues in this presidential election, as most citizens feel very strongly about it one way or another.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, aligns herself very closely with President Barack Obama on most issues, especially on health insurance. Throughout Obama’s presidency and her current campaign, Clinton has continued to pledge her full support for the Affordable Care Act and admits that while it does have its weaknesses, it is an overall success and a staple to modern society in the United States.
The rising costs of this program are definitely worrisome, but the thought of repealing the law that brought healthcare to seven million uninsured citizens is just as disturbing.
Clinton has a clear plan for the healthcare system going forward that includes the continuation of Obamacare, while aiming to fix the problems it currently has. Trump, however, has not revealed his healthcare plan, despite having come so far in this presidential election.The only thing Trump has made clear is that he would eradicate the program that Obama devoted the majority of his campaign to and spent most of his presidency building. It is likely that there might be a better system out there, but Trump has not revealed his alternative to the system currently in place, leading many people to infer that he simply does not have one.
The arguments that republicans and democrats have over Obamacare are similar to the ones that they have had over Medicaid. Liberals seem to think that the nation only succeeds when it is helping out those who are less privileged and lending a hand to those who need it, along with building a fairer system for all. Conservatives, on the other hand, have the idea that everyone needs to fight for themselves and that the government should not be taking and redistributing citizens’ hard-earned money to anyone else. Both sides make great arguments, as there is no clear answer to either of these contested issues.
The decision, however, to repeal Obamacare seems like a big gamble. While it remains obvious that the program is far from perfect—especially since its monthly cost is steadily rising and becoming unaffordable for the majority of U.S. citizens—the good it provides for many people is undeniable. Once the law is repealed, seven million U.S. citizens will be left without health insurance.
If Trump reveals a viable plan that can take the place of the Affordable Care Act, it would be easier to side with him on this issue. As of right now, however, he has yet to do that. Clinton, on the other hand, admits that Obamacare has its faults but insists that the solution is not to throw the program away in favor of another one that might end up being even worse.
Clinton has spent most of her life in the public arena fighting for healthcare reform. She did so as first lady back in the ‘90s and continues to advocate on behalf of healthcare reform today. Trump, however, has been wildly inconsistent regarding his views on healthcare. In 1999, he told Larry King that he was “quite liberal and getting much more liberal” on the issue of healthcare. This is obviously a radically different stance from the one he boasts today.
Obamacare has its drawbacks, but the benefits it provides cannot be overlooked. This is an issue that has divided the nation for years and will continue to be a hot topic for generations to come. Trump wants to eradicate it altogether and instead institute his own mystery program, while Clinton is insistent upon sticking with the system and tinkering with its existing problems. The fate of Obamacare, along with the fate of the entire country, rests in the hands of its citizens.