California Healthline – Obama, Romney Health Care Differences Detailed in Study

by Steve Hart (Guest Contributor)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would dismantle most of the federal Affordable Care Act and make sweeping changes to Medicare and Medicaid, according to a study released Wednesday by UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research.

The side-by-side analysis of health care proposals in the 2012 presidential contest found stark policy differences between the former Massachusetts governor and President Barack Obama, said Shana Alex Lavarreda, the report’s co-author and director of UCLA’s Health Insurance Studies Program.

“I think the choice is very clear,” she said. “It wasn’t hard to find major distinctions.”

The analysis is based on candidates’ statements, position papers, government documents and news coverage. “All this information was out there, but it wasn’t together in one place,” Lavarreda said.

Obama has promised to fully implement ACA if he’s returned to office, encouraging private employers to offer health insurance and providing subsidies to middle-income families for coverage through new health insurance exchanges. Most low-income Americans will be covered through state Medicaid programs.

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