One Way a Trump Win Would Affect Nurse Practitioners

Whether you think it's time for the American people to deliver Trump his signature "You're Fired" line when it comes to his presidential candidacy or not, you have to admit, his preliminary run for the White House is entertaining. Love for the spectacle even crosses party lines. Mention of a Trump presidential run cracks some sort of a smile on the faces of most Democrats and Republicans alike. It even proves to be a pretty safe conversation starter at cocktail parties. So, I couldn't resist jumping on the Trump-hype bandwagon today as well. 

Taking a closer look at the real-estate tycoon turned reality TV star turned political candidate's past reveals a mixed bag of views on the our country's most pressing political agendas. True to form, one hot-button topic Trump doesn't hesitate to comment on is healthcare. When it comes to healthcare delivery, Trump crosses party lines taking a pretty liberal stance. 

Donald Trump supports a "healthcare for everybody" platform. He has said that while he believes Obamacare to be "a disaster", he is a proponent of a universal healthcare system. In his book, 'The America We Deserve', Trump calls for "well-administered" healthcare reform with an Obamacare-like "market-based" plan. Unlike Obamacare, he proposes that control of such market-based health plan be returned to states to operate under free-market principles. This move, he believes, would help break up insurance company monopolies. 

Regardless of your opinions of comb-overs (embrace the baldness!), Trump's pompous personality, or simply his political leanings, it's time to start taking a glance at the platforms of 2016 presidential nominees. How would a Donald Trump trip to the White House affect nurse practitioners?

One way a Trump win would affect nurse practitioners is to give a boost to the NP job market. Universal health coverage increases the number of patients in an already strapped primary care system furthering the demand for primary care providers. Enter nurse practitioners. With an efficient educational path and a foundation rooted in caring for underserved populations, stepping up to fill gaps in care is right up nurse practitioners' alley. A largely government subsidized, universal healthcare system would also benefit from the lower cost of care nurse practitioners provide further driving up demand. 

Decreasing reimbursement rates and increased government involvement in healthcare have many MDs making an early exit from medical practice. Progress toward a single-payer healthcare system under a Trump presidency would serve to continue the trend, making even more room for nurse practitioners in patient care.

Agree or disagree with The Donald's political leanings (or even if you think he's just plain crazy), a closer look at his take on healthcare would mean favorable trends in the job market for nurse practitioners...although I wouldn't stake your NP program tuition on a Trump victory.

 

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Comments

This is now hilarious because what he is doing is the exact opposite of a single payer system and the new bill will actually reduce the demand for nurse practitioners. SAD!

Lindsey NP

Could someone please let Trump know that he apparently has a plan for health care? This article has dramatically reduced my opinion of midlevel.com because the information is so inaccurate.

Amy J.

It's about time we hear a positive spin on Trump's platform. All you see from the larger nursing organizations is a one sided feminist push for the Clinton's. Thanks for giving some well informed information on the other candidate in this presidential race!

Douglas S.

This article definetely sounds much like an endorsement. It is too early to rush into conclusion on what Trump will do or not do for the health care system and the country at large. Trust no politician! On another note, politics requires tact and diplomacy. Not arrogance! An arrogant American president will probably bring chaos, insinuate other world leaders, and lead the country into a third world war.

Robert Du Geogio

Sounds like an endorsement to me. What a lame piece the above article is; and for so many reasons I don't know where to begin. For starters, a state based system would effectively eliminate a single payer healthcare, which means the government on the federal level would administer and otherwise dispense payment for healthcare services, as opposed to 50 different states and various insurance companies with differing administration and billing requirements. Secondly "free market principles" and a single payer healthcare system are mutually exclusive for obvious reasons: a single payer system obviates the need for insurance companies since the USG would be the "single payer." It would be Medicare for everyone essentially. All in all, poorly researched, poorly written, and misinformed article in your transparent attempts to endorse Trumps candidacy.

Arthur A.