by Jim O'Connell
In part one of a two-part series on the human resources-related policies of the Republican and Democratic parties, focuses on health policy and the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Party platforms are as much about political philosophy as they are about practical proposals. The Republican platform is no exception, leaning in favor of private sector as opposed to government approaches. The Republican Party platform on healthcare policy generally parallels that of the party’s nominee for president, advocating for the “repeal” of the ACA, including the individual mandate, and supports the sale of insurance across state lines, full deductibility of insurance premium payments, stronger health savings accounts and the importation of pharmaceuticals from overseas.