Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has released his healthcare platform, which the candidate claims “will broaden healthcare access, make healthcare more affordable and improve the quality of the care available to all Americans”.
In a seven-point list of initiatives, Trump calls for:
The repeal of the Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare, as well as the individual mandate that requires Americans to purchase health insurance.
Allowing the sale of insurance across state lines by repealing the McCarran–Ferguson Act.
Allowing individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their taxes, as businesses can.
Allowing all individuals to use health savings accounts, rather than just those with high-deductible health plans.
Requiring “price transparency” from healthcare providers, including doctors, clinics and hospitals.
Turning Medicaid into a block grant to the states, decentralizing the social welfare program from federal control.
Removing “barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products”, weakening control of the pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration over drug testing, production and approval.
“The reforms outlined above will lower healthcare costs for all Americans,” Trump said in a statement released by his campaign, alluding to “other reforms that might be considered if they serve to lower costs, remove uncertainty and provide financial security for all Americans”.
Trump also points to other areas, both administrative and legislative, wherein a Trump administration would move to lower healthcare costs and expand access to insurance and care. “Enforcing immigration laws, eliminating fraud and waste and energizing our economy will relieve the economic pressures felt by every American,” Trump said, calling his immigration proposals part of “the moral responsibility of a nation’s government.”
“Providing healthcare to illegal immigrants costs us some $11 billion annually,” Trump writes. “If we were to simply enforce the current immigration laws and restrict the unbridled granting of visas to this country, we could relieve healthcare cost pressures on state and local governments.”
“To reform healthcare in America, we need a president who has the leadership skills, will and courage to engage the American people and convince Congress to do what is best for the country,” Trump concludes. “These straightforward reforms, along with many others I have proposed throughout my campaign, will ensure that together we will Make America Great Again.”
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