The 2016 Presidential election will be a very interesting time in American politics. Going back to 2008, the Democratic Party has basically been in the driver’s seat. The country was so eager to get Republican George Bush out of office that they flipped the then GOP dominance by voting in a Democratic President based more on anti-Republican fervor than on the platform he was running on. His hope and change platform was of little consequence to voters – they simply wanted to distance themselves from the mess the Republican party left. Fast forward to 2016, and the dominance that the Democratic party has enjoyed for eight years seems to be waning.
President Obama has disappointed many, even on his own side, due in part to failed green policy efforts and frustrations over improvements to the economy. With elections nearing, these four unrealistic promises from Democrats to American people during 2016 Presidential campaigns are sure to make the road to the White House more challenging.
1. Pushing Single-Payer Healthcare
The Democratic party has their hands full this election, due in part to the Affordable Care Act implemented by President Obama. Never before has such a topic been able to pull apart two parties in this manner, and while 16 million people who were without health insurance last year now enjoy coverage, the Democratic party is looking to make even more changes that could be unrealistic. Bernie Sanders wants to establish a single-payer healthcare system, simply because he believes the American people should not be paying as much as they currently are for coverage. He compares the current healthcare premiums to those in other countries, stating thatAmericans pay three times as much for health insurance as people in the United Kingdom and twice as much more than those in France. In order to enjoy better heath coverage, all residents must be guaranteed healthcare, but that could be too big a promise for the American people to believe. It has been eight years since this push began, and although 16 million new policy holders are enjoying benefits, many questions still remain, and policy holders are often confused and disappointed in the lengthy and complicated sign-up process. Bernie Sanders wants to go further than the current Affordable Care Act, but the details of such a plan are fuzzy at best.