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Will Donald Trump or Joe Biden be better for healthcare? Show more Show less
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As the only developed nation without universal healthcare, the US is often criticised for not providing enough support for its citizens. The global pandemic has highlighted how problematic this has the potential to be. So, will Donald Trump or Joe Biden be better for healthcare?

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Both Trump and Biden's plans fall short of free healthcare for all that other developed nations have. With premiums still unaffordable for many Americans and drug prices sold at exorbitantly high prices, the US needs someone who will provide a stronger stance on these issues.
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Neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden's proposals go far enough

Americans need a system of universal healthcare now more than ever. The global pandemic has left hundreds of thousands dead in the country, and rising unemployment has increased the number of the uninsured and vulnerable.
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The Argument

Bernie Sanders’ proposals of universal healthcare resonated with many young voters. Many democrats feel that Joe Biden’s policies do not go far enough and would like to see a more left-leaning stance on many issues, not least of which is healthcare [1]. Donald Trump’s policies have lacked substance for many Americans, and his failure to replace the ACA during his time in office despite his promises has not gone unnoticed. On the democratic side, while democrats chose Biden over Sanders in the primaries, it is clear that this came at the cost of concessions and a more progressive stance on healthcare than Biden had originally intended[2]. For many, this has not gone far enough. Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of universal healthcare and now up to 63% of the population believes it is the government’s responsibility to provide coverage for all[3].

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But at what cost? Bernie Sanders outlined tax raised on the highest income earners and multinational companies, but these measures are unlikely to pass congress and become law. Should Americans content themselves with slower, but more certain changes, or attempt to overhaul the system and risk not accomplishing the developments that are desperately needed.

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Premises

[P1] Many Americans want universal healthcare. [P2] Neither candidate has universal healthcare on their agenda. [P3] Many Americans want a better alternative.

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References

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/14/joe-biden-bernie-sanders-supporters-leftwing-voters
  2. https://theconversation.com/bernie-drops-out-as-democrats-pick-pragmatism-over-consistency-134284
  3. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/09/29/increasing-share-of-americans-favor-a-single-government-program-to-provide-health-care-coverage/

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