Presidential Politics – promises, promises


Let me start with a disclaimer, I am in no way endorsing a candidate.  In fact, I’m still contemplating the “is there anyone else” ballot box.  That’s not completely true, I will vote for a candidate because I have strong conviction about my right to vote.  I do not yet know who I will vote for and until I know more about the candidates I don’t believe I have enough information to have an opinion.  I am interested in health policy because it affects our ability to provide care to our community and my ability to provide for my family.

It does seem to be a three person race at this point and that’s probably a little optimistic.  I would suspect Donald Trump gets the Republican nomination and Hillary Clinton the Democratic nomination.  Bernie Sanders is still hanging in but his hill is getting steeper all the time.

I do want to share what I’ve learned about each candidate’s position on health care.  From what I can tell Hillary Clinton will maintain the Affordable Care Act pretty much as is.  She will continue to push for Medicaid expansion as well.  So think status quo.

Bernie Sanders has been very vocal about his desire to see a universal healthcare, single payer, system.  The details about how the plan would be funded haven’t come to light but that’s OK because no one gives details this early in the process.  His position and vision are clear, the path is fuzzy.

Donald Trump has posted a seven point plan and his first action would be to repeal the ACA and other aspects of his proposal mirror the position of many conservative lawmakers.  Trump’s plan calls for making Medicaid a block grant program but doesn’t specify what it would cost states.  He also proposes allowing insurers to sell plans across state lines.  I’m actually in favor of this aspect no matter the candidate because I believe the increased competition would help to reduce premiums.  Even though Trump’s proposal is vague it does appear that millions of people who currently have some type of health coverage wouldn’t any longer.

The truth is campaigns are about promises, most of which can’t be kept.  Candidates can be vague because they can legitimately say ” I have as much detail to offer as the other guy, or gal”, and they’re right.

As we get further into the process and the choices I’ll continue to provide detail about each candidate’s stance on health care.


About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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