Thursday, March 10, 2016
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump released details on what could potentially replace the Affordable Care Act. You'll probably be surprised that individual elements of Trump's plan are a disaster. I'm going to breakdown all seven elements that are mentioned on Trumpcare.com. Note, Trumpcare.com is not owned by Donald Trump, a specific Super PAC or a political figure. It is an accurate source of information I used to understand what Donald Trump' guidelines for his
Completely repeal Obamacare. We must eliminate the individual mandate. No person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to
Repealing Obamacare means repealing pre-existing conditions which are great but keep in mind, we have to focus on what's best for the country. We know that Trump means he wants to get rid of pre existing conditions when he said he wants to eliminate the mandate but other than that, he has not mentioned anything else about the subject. Even though there is no other mention about the subject in this section, I still give it an A because their are only 2 main points that are straight forward, the mandate and the cost of the insurance.
Wishlist For Healthcare (Points 2-7)
Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines
This actually sounds good because it would be great to see insurance companies compete for the lowest price but it really is not because insurance companies can set their interests rates as high as they want as long as it fits the criteria in the state's laws. That results in insurance companies only going to specific states. That means your state has a great chance of being left out. That is why this process is not in place anymore.
Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system
This will not help anyone in the middle class that does not have employer insurance because they won't be able to afford it. Not only that but anyone who has a pre-existing condition will not be included.
Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Contributions into HSA's should be tax-free and should allow to accumulate
For those who are not familiar with the term HSA, it is a tax advantaged medical savings account available to taxpayers in the U.S who are enrolled in the HDHP. If individuals are allowed to use HSAs, this could generate around $50 a month that could be used to pay hospital bills. Lets be honest though, $50 a month will not play a vital role when paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospital bills. I give this point a C- due to the fact that it's still money.
Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals
Out of all of the things Trump would want to keep from the Affordable Care Act, he chooses this! Give me a break! This means that the healthcare providers and organizations have the ability to know all of your bid prices, ask prices and trading quantities (stock, good, service) at any given time. Trump supporters, do you realize that Trump is going to make healthcare worse? Do you realize out of all of the things Trump could keep from the Affordable Care Act, he keeps this and there is nothing else he keeps? Giving this point an F would be lenient!
Block-grant Medicaid to the states
This is every Republican politicians dream. The problem is that it would make the cost of Medicaid go up tremendously, cause a lot more inflation and reduce benefits. The good part about it is that it would cut federal spending by $913 billion dollars. I believe there are other ways to cut government spending tremendously and this is a way where people will suffer financially. I give this a C- because it can result in a cut in federal spending.
Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products
This is a complicated way to lower drug prices. What the government needs to do is what Donald Trump does for a living, they need to negotiate. They need to negotiate with the drug companies for lower prices. This point makes no sense.
If you are planning to vote for Donald Trump, keep in mind that Trumpcare will be much worse than what most the conservative politicians complain about, Obamacare. This is your warning. If your a Trump supporter, think about this for a few moments. Then think again!
I leave you with that......
Monday, March 7, 2016
After presidential candidate and senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and gained votes as a result, Hillary Clinton decided to "change her mind" on the TPP as well and she did it right before the polls opened on Super Saturday. According to The International Buisness Times, Hillary Clinton said, "I did not work on TPP." For those who don't know or are not familiar with the TPP, it is a complex trade deal involving the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. The deal is expected to grow economic ties between these nations, slashing tariffs (taxes on imports) and fostering trade to boost growth. Some of the reasons critics argue and disagree with the deal is because it can move jobs from the U.S to developing countries. The International Business Times stated, "Clinton publicly promoted the pact 45 separate times." Though, according to The International Business Times, Clinton said, "I advocated for a multinational trade agreement that would be the gold standard. But that was the responsibility of the United States Trade Representative." Even though she called the deal the gold standard, which is an intense comment to make in my view, she blames the U.S Trade Representative. Going back to an earlier quote, when she was Secratary of State and did not have to disagree with the TPP not knowing that she would be competing for the Democratic presidential nomination against a progressive socialist, Clinton said, "With respect to the TPP, although the State Department does not have the lead on this, we work closely with the United States Trade Representative." So in one quote, she says it was the trade representative responsible but in the other quote, she says that she worked very closely with the trade representative. The article states, "The cables from 2009 and 2010, which were among a trove of documents disclosed by the website WikiLeaks, also show that the Clinton-run State Department advised the U.S Trade Representative's office on how to negotiate the deal with foreign government officials." So, Clinton said that she did not work on TPP but in this quote, it says that she closely advised on how to negotiate the deal. That means that she basically made the deal. If that's not enough evidence for you, According to CBS News, "A senior administration official told CBS News Correspondent Julianna Goldman that Clinton was one of the biggest backers of TPP." If your a Hillary Clinton supporter, do you really beleive that she had nothing to do with the TPP? If you still don't, Susan Rice, President Obama's National Security Advisor said, "She was integrally involved in all of the major initiatives of the of the first term of the administration. She was instrumental in implementing the rebalance in Asia, of which the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a part." This clearly means that she was strongly in favor of the agreement. To show you even more clearer that she was strongly in favor of the agreement, Clinton said, "The TPP will lower barriers, raise standards and drive long-term growth across the region." She went on to saying, "we are making progress toward finalizing a far-reaching new trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership."
Hillary Clinton supporters, understand what you are voting for. If you are voting for Clinton, don't be surprised if she goes into office and "changes her mind" again and supports the TPP because I promise you, that is exactly what is going to happen. Don't say I didn't warn you.
I want to make it clear that I do not want this article to imply that I have something against Hillary Clinton nor do I want this article to imply that I am not supporting Hillary Clinton. I went to Hillary Clinton' rally on Super Tuesday and she is a very strong and bold individual and I have tremendous respect for. I admire her drive and passion towards her campaign and even more so towards helping the American people. I would also like to point out that I strongly appreciate the work the Clinton Administration has done and the work specific individuals tied to the Clinton Administration have done for the American people. Having said all of that, I am just giving my point of view on this specific issue. At this point, I support whoever the Democratic Nominee is, wether it is Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.