Where each presidential candidate stands on health care


The chamber of the House of Representatives is seen at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, as it is prepared for President Donald Trump to give his State of the Union address Tuesday night. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Alexis King

Health care is one of the main issues headlining the presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

At the center of the issue is how the candidates view the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that was enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2010.

Biden has said he plans to expand the ACA and create “a public option similar to Medicaid that people buy into.” Biden has also pledged not to remove private insurance and give people the option to remain on those plans.

The ACA was passed to ensure all Americans have access to affordable health care. It offers consumers discounts on government-sponsored health insurance plans and expands Medicaid to people unable to afford health care.

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Trump is running on a promise to repeal the act.

Trump said this action will force insurance companies to “compete for their customers with lower costs and higher-quality service.”

The Trump administration plans to refute the health care law through state and federal courts.

Trump’s proposed health care plan also includes a pledge to reduce drug prices and limit abortion rights.

To learn more about each candidates’ viewpoints, click here.