Health & Child Care

Allow Health Insurance Purchases Across State Lines

As part of the Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act:

"Allow people to purchase insurance across state lines, in all 50 states, creating a dynamic market."

"Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor ought to be able to offer insurance in any state. By allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up."

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Allow Veterans to Receive VA or Private Treatment

As part of the Restoring National Security Act:

"[P]rovides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice;"

"Ensure every veteran has the choice to seek care at the VA or at a private service provider of their own choice. Under a Trump Administration, no veteran will die waiting for service."

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Child Care Income Tax Deduction

As part of the Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act:

"Rewriting the tax code to allow working parents to deduct from their income taxes child care expenses for up to four children and elderly dependents."

"Americans will be able to take an above-the-line deduction for children under age 13 that will be capped at state average for age of child, and for eldercare for a dependent. The exclusion will not be available to taxpayers with total income over $500,000 Married-Joint /$250,000 Single, and because of the cap on the size of the benefit, working and middle class families will see the largest percentage reduction in their taxable income.

The childcare exclusion would be provided to families who use stay-at-home parents or grandparents as well as those who use paid caregivers, and would be limited to 4 children per taxpayer. The eldercare exclusion would be capped at $5,000 per year. The cap would increase each year at the rate of inflation."

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Conditionally Defund Planned Parenthood

"Planned Parenthood has done very good work for millions of women, but we're not going to allow and we're not going to fund, as long as you have the abortion going on at Planned Parenthood. We understand that, and I've said it loud and clear." 
- Trump press conference, Florida, March 2016

"I am committed to... Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women." 
- Trump letter to the Susan B. Anthony List, September 2016

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Create a Child Care Tax Rebate for Low-Income Households

As part of the Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act:

"Provide low-income households an Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit – in the form a Childcare rebate – and a matching $500 contribution for their savings accounts."

"The Trump Plan would offer spending rebates for childcare expenses to certain low-income taxpayers through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The rebate would be equal to 7.65 percent of remaining eligible childcare expenses, subject to a cap of half of the payroll taxes paid by the taxpayer (based on the lower-earning parent in a two-earner household).

This rebate would be available to married joint filers earning $62,400 ($31,200 for single taxpayers) or less. Limitations on costs eligible for exclusion and the number of beneficiaries would be the same as for the basic exclusion. The ceiling would increase with inflation each year."

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Create a VA Investigative Commission

"Create a commission to investigate all the fraud, cover-ups, and wrong-doing that has taken place in the VA, and present these findings to Congress to spur legislative reform."

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Create Tax-Free Dependent Care Savings Accounts

As part of the Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act:

"Allow parents to enroll in tax-free dependent care savings accounts for their children or elderly relatives."

"All taxpayers would be able to establish Dependent Care Savings Accounts (DCSAs) for the benefit of specific individuals, including unborn children. Total annual contributions to a DCSA are limited to $2,000 per year from all sources, which include the account owner (parent in the case of a minor or the person establishing elder care account), immediate family members of the account owner, and the employer of the account owner. When established for children, the funds remaining in the account when the child reaches 18 can be used for education expenses, but additional contributions could not be made.

To encourage lower-income families to establish DCSAs for their children, the government will provide a 50 percent match on parental contributions of up to $1,000 per year for these households. When parents fill out their taxes they can check a box to directly deposit any portion of their EITC into their Dependent Care Savings Account. All deposits and earnings thereon will be free from taxation, and unused balances can rollover from year to year."

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Eliminate Individual Insurance Mandate

"Our elected representatives must eliminate the individual mandate. No person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to."

- Policy Position

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Enact the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

"I am committed to... Signing into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide." 
- Trump letter to the Susan B. Anthony List, September 2016

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Expand VA Treatment in Rural and Underserved Areas

"The Trump Administration will embed satellite VA clinics within hospitals and other care facilities in rural and other underserved areas. This step will ensure veterans have easy access to care and local hospitals and care facilities can handle the influx of patients without backlogs while tapping the specialized knowledge of VA health specialists." 
- Trump Campaign press release, September 7, 2016

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Improve Our Mental Health System

"Fix our broken mental health system. All of the tragic mass murders that occurred in the past several years have something in common – there were red flags that were ignored. We can’t allow that to continue. We must expand treatment programs, and reform the laws to make it easier to take preventive action to save innocent lives. Most people with mental health problems are not violent, but just need help, and these reforms will help everyone."

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Increase Business Tax Credits for On-Site Childcare

As part of the Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act:

"The annual cap for the business tax credit for on-site childcare authorized by Sec. 205 of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 would be increased to $500,000 per year (up from $150,000) and recapture period would be reduced to 5 years (down from 10 years).

Businesses that pay a portion of an employee’s childcare expenses can exclude those contributions from income. Employees who are recipients of direct employer subsidies would not be able to exclude those costs from the individual income tax and the costs of direct subsidies to employees could not be used as a cost eligible for the credit."

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Increase Mental Health Care at the VA

"Increase the number of mental health care professionals, and allow veteran's to be able to seek mental health care outside of the VA." 
- Position Statement

"Increase funding for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and suicide prevention services to address our veterans’ invisible wounds. Service members are five times more likely to develop depression than civilians. They are almost fifteen times more likely to develop PTSD than civilians. This funding will help provide more and better counseling and care. " 
- Trump campaign press release, September 7, 2016

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Increase Treatment for Drug Addicts

"It’s very hard to get out of the addiction of heroin. We’re going to work with them, we’re going to spend the money, we’re going to get that habit broken." - Donald Trump, Columbus, OH town hall, August 2016

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Introduce Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act

"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
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6. Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-site childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Introduce Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act

"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
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5. Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Introduce Restoring National Security Act

"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
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9. Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Let States Manage Medicaid Funds

As part of the Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act:

"Maximize flexibility for states via block grants so that local leaders can design innovative Medicaid programs that will better serve their low-income citizens."

"Block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure. The state governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead. States will have the incentives to seek out and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse to preserve our precious resources."

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Modernize the Veterans Administration

"Make the VA great again by firing the corrupt and incompetent VA executives who let our veterans down, by modernizing the VA, and by empowering the doctors and nurses to ensure our veterans receive the best care available in a timely manner."

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Preserve Medicaid

"Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts. Have to do it. Get rid of the fraud. Get rid of the waste and abuse, but save it. People have been paying it for years. And now many of these candidates want to cut it. You save it by making the United States, by making us rich again, by taking back all of the money that's being lost." 
- Donald Trump Presidential Announcement Speech, June 2015

When asked in a January 2017 interview whether he intends to cut benefits for Medicare as part of his plan, Trump said “no.”

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Preserve Social Security

"I will do everything within my power not to touch Social Security, to leave it the way it is; to make this country rich again; to bring back our jobs; to get rid of deficits; to get rid of waste, fraud and abuse, which is rampant in this country, rampant, totally rampant. And it's my absolute intention to leave Social Security the way it is. Not increase the age and to leave it as is. You have 22 years, you have a long time to go. It's not long in terms of what we're talking about, but it's still a long time to go, and I want to leave Social Security as is, I want to make our country rich again so we can afford it."

- Donald Trump, Republican Debate, March 2016

"First of all, the -- when you say I'm the only candidate, if you listen to the Democrats, they want to do many things to Social Security and I want to do them on its own merit. You listen to them, what they want to do to Social Security, none of these folks are getting elected, OK, whether they can do it or not. I'm going to save Social Security.
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I'm the only one who is going to save Social Security, believe me."

- Donald Trump, Republican Debate, Feb 2016

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Provide 6 Weeks of Maternity Leave to New Mothers

"Provide 6 weeks of paid leave to new mothers before returning to work."

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Repeal ACA Tax on Investment Income and AMT

As part of the Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act:

"The 3.8 percent Obamacare tax on investment income will be repealed, as will the alternative minimum tax."

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Replace ACA with Health Savings Accounts

As part of the Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act:

"Repeal and replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)."

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Require Price Transparency from All Healthcare Providers

"Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure."

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Streamline FDA Medication Approvals

As part of the 

"Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications."

"Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products. Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America. Though the pharmaceutical industry is in the private sector, drug companies provide a public service. Allowing consumers access to imported, safe and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers."

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