Throughout the decades, those running for President of the United States have had a variety of stances on healthcare. Their opinions have ranged from health-care for all to solely having private healthcare companies provide medical services. To some, it seems as though candidates are just going back and forth when it comes to healthcare.
Recently in an interview with CNN, 2020 Presidential candidate Kamala Harris stated that, “We need to have Medicare-for-all,” and that “The idea is everyone gets access to medical care.”
Harris’ reply to whether or not those who have health insurance in which they are satisfied with are allowed to continue to stay on their plans sparked a judgmental conversation with Republicans. Some took her response and clumped it along with all Democrats, to say that they all have the same view, which in this case is to take away the healthcare some enjoy and give everyone different healthcare instead.
Harris is not the only Presidential candidate that has angered many with their stance on healthcare. In the 2016 election, many were upset with all of the candidates’ opinions on healthcare. Whether it be Hillary Clinton’s plan to build off of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders’ hope to scratch that and create Medicare For All or Donald Trump’s idea to entirely get rid of the program in place and use private health care companies instead, voters were upset.
2019 is just beginning and the United States is moving towards a point in which LGBTQ+ people could be denied their right to healthcare legally.
According to the Truth Out, “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last month that it is close to finalizing a conscience protection rule that would allow people to discriminate in health-care settings under cover of law.”
This means that many LGBTQ+, and especially transgender and non-conforming patients, could be denied their right to healthcare, for no specified reason.
“Trans and gender nonconforming people already face really severe discrimination in health-care settings,” said Bridget Schaaff, If/When/How’s reproductive justice federal policy fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force. “Rules like these are going to make this even harder.”
These are only more recent candidates’ opinions on healthcare. Each candidate has had their own idea of what healthcare should be in the United States, but each can only please so many.