Candidates Reveal Positions on Mental Health

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign devotes a detailed, 10-page document to the subject, while Republican nominee Donald Trump embeds his mental health plans within two broader areas: health care reform and ways to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Trump’s core proposal rests on longstanding Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare,” says the candidate’s website.

With that out of the way, he favors “free market” approaches to health care, like selling health insurance across state lines, allowing a tax deduction for health insurance premium payments, making Medicaid a block grant program, and promoting the use of health savings accounts.

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Gary Johnson:

JOHNSON: There should be a safety net out there regarding health care, and in no way are we saying that the safety net should be eliminated. At the end of the day, I’m going to sign onto any initiatives, really, that bring a free-market approach to health care. We would have insurance to cover ourselves for catastrophic injury and illness. And if we could bring genuine competition to health care, you would have Stitches-R-Us; you would have advertised pricing with published outcomes. Something that right now, when any of us go to the doctor, we have no idea what it’s going to cost, we have no idea what the outcome is going to be

Vetoed mental illness coverage parity with physical illness  … which would have established a pilot program for state employees providing coverage for mental illnesses equal to that offered for other physical illnesses.

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