Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have two distinct approaches to health reform: Trump proposes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while Clinton wants to maintain and modify it. Two new Commonwealth Fund reports find that some of Clinton’s proposals would increase the number of people with insurance by between 400,000 and 9.6 million in 2018, while some of Trump’s proposals would decrease the number of people with insurance by between 15.6 million and 25.1 million.
The analyses, by Christine Eibner and colleagues at the RAND Corporation, used RAND’s COMPARE microsimulation model to estimate how the candidates’ proposals would affect health insurance coverage, the federal deficit, and consumers’ out-of-pocket health care spending. Sara R. Collins, Vice President for Health Care Coverage and Access at The Commonwealth Fund provides further analysis in a new To the Point post. Additionally, a new feature compares the candidates' proposals in a side-by-side scrolling article.