David Blumenthal of The Commonwealth Fund discusses the ramifications of the 2016 Presidential election on healthcare. According to Blumenthal, the 2016 election has important implications for the Affordable Care Act, a substantial portion of which could be modified, repealed, or replaced, depending on which individual wins the office. Blumenthal says that the political landscape is tranquil for neither party. For instance, a Bernie Sanders victory could bring about a call for single-payer reforms. A Ted Cruz victory could bring about large-scale repeal. Neither party's candidates have put forth detailed plans. Due to the complexity of the issues involved, it is quite possible, argues Blumenthal, that regardless of party, the new President will wish to spend his or her political capital addressing issues other than healthcare.
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