Too Many Issues, Not Enough Time: A Political Cheat Sheet

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By Margret Klein –

Health Care

Bernie Sanders: believes in a Medicare for all, single-payer program, guaranteeing health care to all people. Voted for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

Hillary Clinton: believes affordable health care is a basic human right and supports the Affordable Care Act, will reduce the cost of prescription drugs, and continues to defend Planned Parenthood as a women’s health care provider.

Donald Trump: wants to make sure every person in the U.S. has health insurance, will do so in a way that lowers rates for most Americans, and would replace the Affordable Care Act.

Ben Carson: believes that “ObamaCare is a looming disaster”, thinks the U.S. needs to re-establish a strong and direct relationship between patients and their physicians, supports Health Savings Accounts, and believes in more freedom and less government in the health care system.

Jeb Bush: would repeal ObamaCare, promote innovation in health care, lower costs and enable portable coverage for all Americans, and take health care control out of Washington and return it to the states.

Carly Fiorina: would repeal ObamaCare, believes in women’s health care services being provided to any woman, wants to defund Planned Parenthood, thinks we ought to let states manage “high risk pools”, believes in having a free market in the health insurance market.

Environment

Bernie Sanders: helped to lead the US Congress in introducing legislation to combat climate change.

Hillary Clinton: would set goals to have more than half a billion solar panels installed across the country by the end of her first term and generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America within 10 years of taking office.

Donald Trump: has developed 11 luxury golf courses around the world which has angered environmentalists, denies climate change is occurring (calling it a hoax), sued in 2013 to block plans for wind turbines in Scotland that would power 65,000 arguing, in part, that they would mar the view from a golf course he was proposing to build.

Ben Carson: is in favor of taking the $4 billion a year the U.S. spends on oil subsidies and using that in new fueling stations for 30% ethanol blends, thinks caring for the environment should be a priority and that the environment is under our control, believes the EPA should be told to work in conjunction with businesses and industry and universities to find the most eco-friendly ways of developing energy resources.

Jeb Bush: would lift restrictions on exports of oil and natural gas, approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, reduce over-regulation, defer to states and tribes, and believes that these policies will fully unleash the Energy Revolution creating more jobs, higher wages, cheaper gas, and cheaper electricity sustaining 4% economic growth.

Carly Fiorina: believes that politics, policies, and politicians have made the situation in California (droughts) much worse, believes the U.S. needs to be the global energy power of the world, wants to use nuclear power, wants to focus on how to make coal cleaner, and believes outlawing coal is self-defeating and doesn’t help global warming.

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