In a bid for the GOP leadership, 10 of 17 Republican candidates took the stage Thursday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, for the first primetime debate of the 2016 presidential race.
Vying for the White House included Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Donald Trump, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.).
Post-debate, G. William Hoagland, senior vice president, Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington, D.C., says it's clear that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and arguments for its repeal will dominate 2016 politics.
“As we move into open season this fall and as Medicare Part B premium increases are announced later this year, I would expect increased attention to premium prices will begin to dominate the early part of next year,” Hoagland says. He also expect to see increased attention to higher out-of-pocket costs as more plans with higher deductibles become more prevalent in the marketplace.
As the candidate field narrows, he predicts that candidates will be forced to answer questions such as, "What is your alternative to insuring coverage, lowering premium prices, while making sure individuals have choice in what/who they receive their healthcare from?’”