Where Do The Parties Stand?
Voting has always given the American people an opportunity to make their voice heard. But unfortunately far too little citizens utilize their voice in government. Why? It’s usually for one reason. The average American knows very little about the decisions made concerning their health.
That’s why it’s time to spread the word (as unbiased as possible) and simply state the facts about where each party has stated they solidly stand. Although the topic of healthcare has been acknowledged and addressed in several ways, there is still work to be done. Take some time to write a list about the things that mean the most to you in terms of your health. Have your healthcare expenses reached astronomical heights? Have your years of experience working in the healthcare arena shown you issues that have been neglected? Maybe you’re new to being a caregiver for a loved one and the process has been more challenging than you anticipated. Your concerns can be addressed, but you’ll have to vote for change.
“ACCESS Nursing provides Northeast America with RNs, LPNs, NAs, HHAs, PTs, SLPs, etc. New York, New Jersey and Maryland have the fastest growing aging populations of the mid-Atlantic region. This rapidly expanding group of Seniors will tap into Medicare at a higher rate than our current Tax Structure can support. Given the importance of health care in this upcoming election, the pro-Medicare research group, Center for Medicare Advocacy, has done an initial analysis of the health-related positions of the two parties. Below they presented a comparison of Medicare and health care related policies the Democrat or Republican parties may pursue – according to their platform statement, as well as links to those statements so that those interested in more detail can read them in their entirety.”
– Louise Weadock, MPH, RN, Founder & CEO-CNO of ACCESS Nursing Services
Democratic Party Platform Positions
Republican Party Platform
Medicare Structural Reform
“Democrats will fight any attempts by Republicans in Congress to privatize, voucherize, or ‘phase out’ Medicare as we know it.”
“Impose no change for persons [currently] 55 or older. Give others the option of traditional Medicare or transition to a premium-support model designed to strengthen patient choice.”
Giver every person eligible for Medicare in the future who is also under 55 years of age an income-adjusted stipend (with catastrophic protection) to put towards health expenses.
Optional Medicare buy-in for persons 55 or older.
“Set a more realistic age for eligibility in light of today’s longer life span.” (The Center interprets this to mean raising the age of Medicare eligibility.)
Puerto Rican Medicare Access
Equal access to Medicare for Puerto Ricans.
Access to Health Care
End goal is universal health coverage. Americans should be able to access comprehensive health coverage through either Medicare or a public health option.
Keep premiums more affordable & reduce out-of-pocket expenses.
End “surprise billing.” Consumers should be aware of health costs prior to a visit to a physician.
Rx Costs and Access
Cap the amount Americans have to pay every month in out-of-pocket expenses.
Prohibit “pay-for-delay” tactics that keep cheaper generic drugs from entering the market.
Allow American consumers to import less-expensive drugs from abroad with appropriate safety protections.
The Affordable Care Act
Push for the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in states that have not taken this step.
The Affordable Care Act “must be removed and replaced with an approach based on genuine competition, patient choice, excellent care, wellness, and timely access to treatment. To that end, a Republican president, on the first day in office, will use under the law to halt its advance and then, with the unanimous support of Congressional Republicans, will sign its repeal.”
Community Health Centers
The Democratic platform call for “a push for comprehensive system of primary medical, dental, and mental health care and low-cost prescription drugs through a major expansion of community health centers” with the goal of providing valuable preventive care, education, and treatment of chronic conditions for many low-income Americans.
Meeting the Health Needs of a Diverse Population
Health materials should be a culturally and linguistically appropriate and easy to read.
Health data should be separated into its component parts for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This will help developing and understanding the health needs and preferences of these two disparate groups.
“American’s healthcare professionals should not be forced to choose between following their faith and practicing their profession. We respect the rights of conscience of healthcare professionals… Providers should not be permitted to unilaterally withhold services because a patient’s life is deemed worth living.”
Advancing Americans with Disabilities
Support the Steve Gleason Act of 2015, which provided access to speech-generating devices to ALS-diagnosed Medicare beneficiaries.
Reference: Democratic and Republican Party Platforms: Side-by-Side Comparison of Issues Important to Medicare Beneficiaries || CMA. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/democratic-and-republican-party-platforms-side-by-side-comparison-of-issues-important-to-medicare-beneficiaries/#_edn1