Detroit Today discusses health care and the 2020 election with guests, Marianne Udow-Phillips and Yasmeen Abutaleb

November 6, 2020 | WDET-FM

Healthcare reform political debate has centered on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since it was passed in 2010 by the Obama administration. Republicans in Congress and President Trump have been threatening to repeal the ACA for the last four years, putting the law in danger.

In an October podcast, “In 2020, Healthcare is Top of Mind for Most Voters,” Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson interviews Marianne Udow-Phillips about healthcare and the 2020 presidential election.

“Health care is second only to the economy when it comes to issues that will influence Americans’ vote in November,” says Henderson. Both the 2020 presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic have reminded voters that the “affordability of health care is fundamental,” said Udow-Phillips.

Udow-Phillip and another special guest, Yasmeen Abutaleb, a national healthcare reporter for The Washington Post, discuss how the health care plans of President Donald Trump and presidential hopeful Joe Biden differ.

Udow-Phillips said that the research conducted by CHRT shows that, “the changes by the Trump administration have meant that more people are uninsured in Michigan today than they were at the start of the Trump Administration.”

The future Supreme Court case set to be heard on November 10th about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act was also discussed. Without a plan to replace the ACA, there would be big impacts on Michigan, Udow-Phillips says. 

The podcast also interviews citizens who receive health care through Medicaid.