The Presidential Debate That Wasn’t
By Jeanne Lenzer
The BMJ, Sept. 27, 2016
The 90 minute presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ended last night without a single word about healthcare. Yet two-thirds of voters said “the future of Medicare and access and affordability of healthcare are top priorities for the candidates to be talking about during the 2016 presidential campaign.”
Clinton, a Democrat, and Trump, a Republican, have both said they support “universal” healthcare and both rely on market forces and private insurers to provide coverage for healthcare. What follows is a summary of what is – and isn’t – known about the candidates’ positions on various healthcare issues, followed by comments from critics right and left.
full, with comments by Dr. Adam Gaffney of PNHP:
PNHP note: Physicians for a National Health Program is a nonpartisan educational organization. It neither supports nor opposes any candidate for public office.