Healthcare not big election topic

Published 10/25 2012 10:03PM

Updated 10/26 2012 09:06AM

SPRINGFIELD -- You can't talk about he presidential race without discussing healthcare. It's one of the major issues voters will be thinking about when they head to the polls in a week-and-a-half. WCIA-3's Steve Staeger has more from your Local Election Headquarters.

Lately, the issue hasn't grabbed headlines like the economy, but it's still a major topic. President Obama and Mitt Romney have different plans for the future of healthcare in this country. You'll see changes no matter who's in the White House next year.

"It's one of the most important policy changes, probably in a while. Certainly one of the big ones of the 21st Century."

He's talking about healthcare reform. More commonly known as "Obamacare," a term even the President has embraced. If he gets four more year, President Obama has vowed to make his plan work.

"That will include a real focus on how to expand healthcare coverage for uninsured individuals."

What you could see down the line in a President Obama sequel is more people with insurance coverage because Obamacare requires it. Under his opponent's plan, you'd see some changes as well.

"The main difference with what he's interested in, is instead of focusing on covering more people, the Romney/Ryan plan is primarily focused on keeping medical costs down, primarily through the private market.

Governor Romney has said he'll repeal Obamacare on his first day in the Oval Office. If he's successful with that, you'd see changes right away.

"If he does what he says he's going to do, if you are under 26, and on your parents insurance, or you have children who are under 26 on your insurance, that would go away."

But, just because he wants to trash the plan, doesn't mean he'd throw it all away.

"There are several components to Obamacare that he would keep. There's some debate about what he means by that, things like covering pre-existing conditions."

There is a surprise in all of this. Earlier this year when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of healthcare reform, experts thought it would be a huge part of the election. Polling shows it's still an important issue, but isn't on voters' minds as much as it was back then.

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