Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Whose health plan is best? Cruz, Kasich or Trump?


Governor Scott Walker opposed Obamacare and refused to expand Medicaid spending, yet still managed to eliminate the gaps in coverage availability. All three Republican candidates for president claim they are opposed to Obamacare, but what are their plans for health care? At the MacIver Institute, I looked at each of their plans and explained which plans are least like what Walker did for Wisconsin.

We just passed the six-year mark for Obamacare and the Republican candidates for president are debating what comes next. Obamacare has certainly not worked out like promised. “If you like your health plan” and “if you like your doctor” you could not keep them. Instead of seeing family premium costs reduced by $2,500 per year as promised, premium costs continue to go up while there are actually fewer choices in the insurance marketplaces set up by the federal government. Those that can afford the premiums often can’t afford the high deductibles.

Meanwhile, 2016 is the year the price for not obeying the individual mandate for health insurance jumps to $695 or 2.5% of taxable income, whichever is greater. That’s up from $325 or 2% of taxable income, whichever will hurt you more.

The Republican candidates’ plans are set against a backdrop of Wisconsin’s unique response to Obamacare. While other governors accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, Wisconsin rejected the federal funds, covered everyone under the federal poverty line, eliminated the waiting lists created under Democratic Governor Jim Doyle, and (according to the Kaiser Foundation) made health insurance accessible to everyone.

On April 5th, which presidential candidate will get your vote?

  • Ted Cruz (54%, 206 Votes)
  • Donald Trump (21%, 81 Votes)
  • John Kasich (10%, 40 Votes)
  • Bernie Sanders (9%, 34 Votes)
  • Hilary Clinton (6%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 383

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