Obamacare | 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates

What do the Republican Candidates Believe About Obamacare?

Y= For Obamacare · N=Not for Obamacare · M=Modify Obamacare

Ben Carson: N

Ben Carson’s Health Care Plan: New and More Confusing

For the last few years, Ben Carson has been talking about a very disruptive but simple plan to reform the health care system in the United States: replace Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid with an easy-to-understand universal, cradle-to-grave annual cash allowance for health spending.


But last weekend, in a series of interviews, Mr. Carson, who is now narrowly leading in some national polls for the G.O.P. presidential nomination, said he had discarded that idea, and was now presenting a new health plan. It’s less politically toxic, but much less coherent. It is also less likely to lead to the big changes to the health care system he seeks.


Like the original plan, his new one would include health savings accounts, meant to encourage people to pay for their medical care directly. But it would also coexist with existing government health programs — and the degree to which the government would be involved is unclear. It’s very hard to determine who would benefit from the Carson plan or how much it would cost the federal government. It seems possible that it could actually cost more than the current system…



Health Care

ObamaCare is a looming disaster.


We didn’t need the monstrosity of the $1.2 trillion Affordable Care Act. Even after it is fully implemented for 10 years, 23 million people still won’t have any health insurance.


We need to re-establish a strong and direct relationship between patients and their physicians. For instance, I strongly support Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) which empower families to make their own decisions about their medical treatment. HSAs will also drive down health care costs while protecting patient choice and freedom.


More freedom and less government in our health care system will mean lower costs, more access, and continued innovation.




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Ted Cruz: N

Cruz unveils ObamaCare alternative

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday offered the latest in a series of Republican ObamaCare alternatives ahead of a Supreme Court ruling that could gut the law.


Cruz’s bill, called the Health Care Choices Act, would allow people to buy health insurance across state lines, long a Republican health policy goal. It would also repeal Title I of ObamaCare, which would undo much of the law, including the mandate to buy insurance, the insurance marketplaces and subsidies to help people afford coverage…


Cruz told The Hill on Monday that he is not ruling out supporting aspects of the other plans, including the temporary extension of ObamaCare plans. “I don’t want to prejudge that debate right now, I want to assess the options,” he said.


While Cruz’s bill does not fully repeal ObamaCare, he maintains that is the ultimate goal.


“Every last word of Obamacare must be repealed,” Cruz said in the statement. “And while we continue that fight, we must also send bill after bill to the president’s desk to stop its harmful effects.”


The five co-sponsors of Cruz’s bill include Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who is one of the three Republicans who proposed the other plan. Another co-sponsor is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who like Cruz, could run for president in 2016.




Since Sen. Cruz took office, he has been a leading voice for repealing Obamacare. In fact, the first piece of legislation he filed, co-sponsored by 32 Republicans, was to fully repeal Obamacare.


Before the law went into effect in January 2014, Sen. Cruz led the effort to halt its implementation and defund Obamacare, filibustering it on the floor for an historic 21 hours.


Obamacare is causing millions to lose their jobs, be forced into part-time work, lose their doctors and health insurance, and pay skyrocketing premiums. This law isn’t working. Instead, Congress should repeal Obamacare and make meaningful reforms to expand Health Savings Accounts, allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, and make health care more personal, portable, and affordable…



Governor_John_KasichJohn Kasich: N

Gov. John Kasich On Health Policy, Religion And Inclusiveness

“I’d like to replace it with a health care system that would be market-driven, that would begin to shift us to quality-based health care rather than quantity-based health care. In other words, with the primary care doctor being the shepherd to shepherd us through our health care needs, with insurance companies and hospitals working together to share profits, to share the gains they make by keeping people healthy rather than treating them on the basis of how they’re sick”…




The Path Forward: Everyone knows that Obamacare must be repealed and replaced with something that actually works in line with America’s market-based principles to help Americans be healthy. So, let’s not only oppose Obamacare but also put in motion real solutions that will work to improve health care access by holding down costs and help Americans live healthier lives. The Ohio model provides a path forward for the nation: patient-centered care, choices, market competition, decentralized decision-making, higher quality, respect for individuals and an end to Obamacare’s big government interference.


Following the principles that have long served America well means returning control of health care choices to patients and returning full control of insurance market regulation to states. In doing so we will help more Americans get and stay healthy in a high-quality and affordable way that sustainably supports our country’s long-term economic growth.



Marco Rubio Official PortraitMarco Rubio: N

Rubio rolls out ObamaCare alternative

Rubio’s plan would provide refundable tax credits to help people buy health insurance. The value of the credits would increase every year, and they would eventually equal the tax preference given to employer-based plans.


He acknowledges that a court ruling to invalidate the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies would take away insurance from people and, therefore, requires a response.


“Such a ruling should prove once and for all that ObamaCare cannot be fixed and must be fully repealed and replaced,” he writes. “That must be the ultimate goal of Congress and our next president. In the short term, however, we must also recognize the reality that the ruling would leave millions without health insurance.”



Donald Trump: N

Donald Trump Hates Obamacare – So I Asked Him How He’d Replace It

Q: About 15 years ago, Mr. Trump publicly pledged his support for universal health care, and said that he’s “liberal” when it comes to expanding coverage. Is that still the case?


A: Donald Trump has never supported socialized medicine. In ‘The America We Deserve,’ Mr. Trump called for health market reforms that would be “affordable, well-administrated, and provide freedom of choice.” He supported a universal “market-based” plan that would offer a range of choices.


Mr. Trump does not believe socialized medicine is the solution to expanding coverage. The federal government is clearly incapable of managing [one-fifth] of the total economy. The ObamaCare federal and state exchange websites, which cost over $5 billion, could not even operate properly.


The only solution is a free market orientated [sic.] plan that provides consumer choice, keeps plans portable and affordable and returns authority to the states. We also must break the insurance company monopolies and allow individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines.




Trump’s Healthcare Plan: ‘Obamacare on Steroids’?

Based on his own words, Donald Trump wants to rid the nation of the Obamacare “disaster,” and replace it with what sounds like a bigger, more expensive version of Obamacare. Gabriel Malor points out that Trump even treads awfully close to repeating the president’s infamous “keep your plan” promise, almost verbatim: “They can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.” This was Democrats’ Big Lie. Obamacare would allow satisfied Americans to maintain their current arrangements, they claimed, while covering millions of others, all while saving money — no trade-offs, no downsides for anyone. “They can have everything” is irresponsible happy talk. If we won’t accept it from Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, we shouldn’t accept it from Donald Trump either.




Trump: I Still Want ‘Healthcare For Everybody,’ but Not Obamacare

Obamacare is “a disaster,” Donald Trump said Friday, but he still believes in “healthcare for everybody” and he doesn’t think that stance will cause him problems in the upcoming GOP primaries.


“That’s where I may be a little bit different from the [other] people,” the real estate magnate told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. “You can’t let the people in this country, the people without the money and resources, to go without healthcare.”



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