Healthcare in the 2016 presidential race: 12 reads from election season

On the eve of Election Day, here are 12 reads from the pages of Becker's Hospital Review recapping how healthcare issues played out in the 2016 presidential election.  

On the issues

1. Donald Trump & healthcare: 15 things to know
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump released his "Healthcare Reform to Make America Great Again" plan March 2, calling for less government oversight of healthcare and letting the free market sort out costs. Here are 15 things to know about his proposals and views.

2. Hillary Clinton & healthcare: 16 things to know
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's healthcare views are centered around building on the ACA. Read on for 16 things to know about her views on healthcare.


3. Trump, Clinton's healthcare plans would achieve opposite results, studies find
Voters know Mr. Trump and Ms. Clinton's healthcare plans are dramatically different, but they may not realize just how distinct they are: A pair of studies conducted by Rand Corp., and released by The Commonwealth Fund suggests the candidates' plans would achieve almost opposite outcomes.

4. Study: Trump's healthcare plan would cause 21M to lose coverage
An analysis of Mr. Trump's healthcare reform plan shows it would nearly double the number of Americans without health insurance.

5. Fitch: Clinton's healthcare plan could benefit hospitals in the near term, but long-term effects uncertain
Ms. Clinton's broad healthcare proposals could create near-term benefits for nonprofit hospitals. However, if her proposals are implemented, it could lead to uncertainties and operating risk in the longer term, according to a Fitch Ratings report.

What voters think

6. Affordable drug prices, not ACA, tops voters' healthcare concerns for 2017
Addressing the high price of prescription drugs tops the American public's list of healthcare issues for the next president and Congress to address. Matters specific to the ACA, such as repealing parts or all of the law, are considered less important by comparison, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

7. Survey: Cybersecurity major concern for millennial voters
Cyber threats to the U.S. presidential election has pushed cybersecurity to the forefront of millennials' minds across the globe, according to a Raytheon report.

8. Clinton, Trump voters on abortion: 3 survey findings
Roughly 25 percent of voters describe future federal policies on abortion as a healthcare issue that is extremely important to their pick for president, according to a September poll.

9. Physicians in these 14 specialties more likely to vote Republican
While physicians are generally split 50/50 between the Democrat and Republican parties, partisanship is less evenly divided when looking at individual specialties. Data compiled by Yale researchers indicate some specialties lean heavily Democratic while others lean heavily Republican, reports The New York Times.

Candidates' health

10. Clinton, Trump health records take center stage: 5 developments and observations
The physical health of Mr. Trump and Ms. Clinton has catapulted to the forefront of issues in the election cycle. Here are five developments and observations on the topic of presidential candidates' health.

11. Trump shares results of physical on Dr. Oz
Mr. Trump shared the results of a physical examination during an hour-long interview on The Doctor Oz Show taped Sept. 14, revealing he is overweight and takes a statin to lower cholesterol.

12. Clinton campaign releases physician's letter: 4 things to know
Following Ms. Clinton's pneumonia diagnosis, her campaign released a letter Sept. 14 from her physician, Lisa Bardack, MD. Here are four updates on Ms. Clinton's health.


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