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    Why are the 2016 presidential candidates ignoring healthcare?

    It’s time for the 2016 presidential candidates to start talking to voters—especially physicians—about where they stand on healthcare issues. But so far, the candidates have largely avoided this important discussion.

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    Four years ago, Americans could hardly turn on the television or scroll through the news without hearing presidential candidates talking about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Re-electing Barack Obama or electing Mitt Romney determined the future of the healthcare reform law–a law that many see as the first iteration of a universal healthcare system in the United States. 

    What a difference a single presidential cycle makes. Granted, recent terror attacks across the globe have shifted the focus for both candidates and U.S. citizens. According to a December 2015 Gallup poll, 27% of Americans say terrorism/the threat of ISIS is the nation’s most pressing matter vs. just under 4% citing the state and cost of healthcare.

    But as U.S. healthcare spending reaches $3 trillion annually (or more than $9,500 per person) and accounts for nearly 18% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, surely that should garner some time in nationally televised debates and campaign speeches.  

    Healthcare legislative ­action to watch in 2016

    “We all know that the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare was the big conversation in the past election cycle and now we’re in the wake of that,” says Dabney Evans, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of global health in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. 

    Next: Where are their focuses instead?

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    • MichaelMenkin
      Bernie Sanders is not ignoring healthcare. He wants universal healthcare for all. He states that the only industrialized country in the world that lacks universal health care is the US. and if he is elected he will change that. His platform is different than Hillary's and certainly different then the Republicans who want to destroy the affordable care act.

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