Thoughts on telemedicine from 2016 presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush

Healthcare has been hot button issue in the current presidential race. Independent candidate Bernie Sanders advocates for a single-payer health system, and Jeb Bush is pushing a plan to repeal and replace the ACA. Amongst the various public appearances and stump speeches made by the troupe of candidates on the campaign trail, telemedicine has received a number of nods.

Here are thoughts on virtual healthcare from both a Democratic and Republican 2016 presidential candidate.

Democratic candidate

Hillary Clinton. Former Secretary of State Clinton brought up telemedicine during a speech made on a campaign stop in Iowa in August 2015. "Telemedicine can help  — and we should streamline licensing and explore how to make that reimbursable under Medicare."

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Ms. Clinton also tweeted in response to the Iowa Supreme Court's ruling in June that banning telemedicine abortion would be unconstitutional, according to report by The Des Moines Register. "Welcome news: The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled to protect women's ability to access safe & legal abortion throughout the state."

Republican candidate

Jeb Bush. Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush cited telemedicine as a potential tool for supporting healthcare needs in rural areas during a January press event in Elko, Nev.

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