Installment #5: The Party Platforms. Education, Health and Safety

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If you missed my preamble, no, not those platforms.

After going through this exercise, I have a whole new reaction when I watch people on TV respond to the debates.  “Read the Platforms!” I shout at the TV. “If you expect to learn what the Presidential candidate wants to do, “Read the Platforms.”  You can also learn what the candidate doesn’t know about his party’s platform, too.

I’m reviewing and comparing the Democrat and Republican Party Platforms.  I’m doing this because there’s more to the election than getting a new President.  I already know who I want for my next President.  I, like, Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times, hope that all 50 states go to one candidate.

Both Parties want good healthcare and education for its families.

The Republican Party has 1o pages to “Great American Families, Education, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice.”  The Democrats have nine pages Education, Health and Safety for All Americans.

Just so I can keep everything straight, I put the information into a simple chart, like I would for corporate goals.  This is also the way CoCo’s Individual Education Plans got laid out, too.  Pretty easy to understand; I think:  We will______________ by_____________ so that______________ happens.  I added a column for how the action will be financed, too.  Sadly that’s pretty empty.

You can find my other installments here:

Installment #1:  It’s all about the Jobs and the Economy

Installment #2:  The Demcrats and Principled Centered Leadership

Installment #3:  The Republicans and the Constitution

Installment #4:  The Democrats and Bringing Americans Together

Should we encourage the uniformed vote?

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So here’s the Democrats’ Plan for Education, Healthcare and Safety:

We will By So that
Make Debt-free college a reality. Making community college free; Working families do not have to pay any tuition to go to public colleges and universities.
Provide relief from crushing student debt Refinancing students loans at the lowest rate possible;

Cut interest rate for undergraduates;

Expand income-based repayment;

continue Public Service Loan Forgiveness and loan discharge programs;

Millions of borrowers with unsustainable levels of student debt get help right now.
Suport Historically Black colleges and Universities and Minority-Seraving Institutions Creating a robust and historic dedicated fund;

Restoring Pell Grants

Encouraging widespread relief and forgiveness of debt to students harmed by fraudulent institutions

Cost are kept down, and quality is kept high/
Crack down on Predatory For-Profit Schools Strengthening the gainful employment rule;

Closing for-profit schools that engage in fraudulent and illegal conduct;

For-profit schools enable students to complete their degrees and prepares them for work.
Guarantee universal preschool and good schools for every child Investing in Early Head Start;

Providing every family with access to high-quality childcare and high-quality preschool programs;

Engaging students to be critical thinkers and civic participants while addressing the wellbeing of the whole child;

Increasing investments in after school and summer learning programs;

Holding schools, districts, communities, and states accountable for raising achievement levels for all students;

We have the best-educated population and workforce in the world.
Guarantee universal preschool and good schools for every child Providing full-funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Students with disabilities can receive the extra resources and services they need.
Strike a better balance on testing. Encouraging states to develop a multiple measures approach to assessment;

Opposing high-stakes standardized tests that falsely and unfairly label students;

Enabling parents to opt their children out of standardized tests without penalty to the student or their school.

Testing informs, not drives instructions.
Honor all the professions that work in public schools. Launching a national campaign to recruit and retain high-quality teachers;

Ensuring teachers receive tools and ongoing professional development;

Investing in high-quality STEAM [sic] classes, community schools, and arts education;

Expand link learning models and career pathways.

Student learning improves.
Help students and staff resolve conflicts peacefully and respectfully. Supporting restorative justice practices;

Working to improve school culture and combat bullying of all kinds.

We end the school to prison pipeline.
Eliminate the opportunity gaps. Advocating for labor and public assistance laws that ensure poor parents can spend time with their children;

Raising household incomes in poor communities;

Ensuring children have health care, style housing;

Ensuring children have a community free of violence

We minimize cognitive delays
Provide parents with high-quality public school options Supporting democratically governed, great neighborhood public schools and high-quality public charter schools;

Increasing transparency and accountability for all charter schools.


Options for low-income youth expand.
Secure universal healthcare Empowering the states to use innovation waivers under the ACA to develop unique locally tailored approaches to health coverage;

Removing barriers to states which seek to experiment with plans to ensure universal health care

All Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.
Limit out-of-control medical debt Ending surprise billings;

Repealing the excise tax on high-cost health insurance;

making premiums more affordable;

Reducing out-of-pocket expenses;

Capping prescription drug costs;

Fighting  Medicare privatization and elimination of Medicaid, and SNAP

Expanding the ACA Medicaid expansion.

All Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare.
Support community health centers. Doubling  funding for federally qualified community health centers over the next decade;

Encouraging providers to work with underserved populations through the National Health Service Corp;

We have a comprehensive system of primary health care, including dental, mental health care, and low-cost prescription drugs
Reduce Prescription Drug Costs Cracking down on price-gouging;

Prohibiting anti-completive “pay for delay” deals that keep generic drugs off the market;

Allowing individuals, pharmacists, and wholesalers to import prescription drugs from Canada and other countries with appropriate safety protections;

Assuring Medicare negotiates lower prices;

We reduce the unacceptable levels of profiteering by pharmaceutical companies.
Enable Cutting Edge Medical Research Investing in scientists and the resources they need to invigorate our studies in life sciences;

Fully funding NIH

We accelerate the pace of medical progress.
Combat drug and alcohol addiction Expanding access to prevention and treatment

Promoting better practices by prescribers;

Fully implementing the protections of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

Educating our youth, families, teachers, coaches, etc. to intervene early

We establish evidence-based, age-appropriate, and locally-tailored prevention and treatment programs.
Treat mental health issues Working with health professionals to ensure that all children have access to mental health care;

Expanding community-based treatment for substance abuse disorders and mental health conditions;

Creating a national initiative around suicide prevention;

Mental health issues are treated with the same care and seriousness as physical health .
Support those living with autism and their families Expanding servies for those transitioning into adulthood;

Conducting a nationwide early screening outreach campaign;

Pushing states to require health insurance coverage for autism services

Millions of individuals with autism and their families are supported.

People with autism are not denied care.

Secure reproductive health, rights, and justice. Blocking Planned Parenthood defunding;

Repealing the Hyde Amendment;

Opposing laws that impede a woman’s access to abortion;

Defending the ACA’s incursion of no-cost contraception

Every woman has access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortions.
Secure reproductive health, rights, and justice Ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy and childbirth;

Providing services during pregnancy and after bthe birth of a child, including adoption and social support services.

Protecting women against pregnancy discrimination;

Creating a society where children are safe and can thrive.

We support a woman right to have a child.
End Violence Against women Increasing sexual violence prevention education programs that cover issues like consent and bystander intervention;

Supporting the Violence Against Women Act;

Everyone has a safe environment.
Prevent gun violence Expanding and strengthening background checks;

Closing dangerous loopholes in our current laws;

Repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act;

Keeping weapons of war off our streets;

Giving the CDC the resources it needs to study gun violence as public health issue.

We keep our communities safe while respecting the rights of responsible gun owners.
Level the international playing field Lowering the corporate tax r inate to be on a par with, or below the rates of other industrial nations America is competitive.
Ensure long-term care, services, and supports Taking steps to strengthen and expand the home care workforce; We allow seniors and people with disabilities to live with dignity at home amor in their communities.
Protect and promote public health Increasing investments in public healthy;

opposing attempts to cut public health services and funding;

Ensuring adequate funding of public health eduction at the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school levels;

Increasing investments and coordination in public health;

Addressing social factors and empowering communities to respond to their most pressing health needs.

We are prepared for emerging health threats.


Whew! That was a lot of work.  Next up..


So here’s the corresponding Republican Platform;  Great American Families, Education, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice:

We will By So that
Advance the causes of liberty Opposing policies and laws that create a financial incentive for or encourage cohabitation;

Supporting laws that recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman;

Reversing the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage;

Opposing government discrimination against businesses or entires which decline to sell items or services to individuals for activities that go against their religious views;


We lesson the need for government in our daily lives.
Create a culture of hope Proposing dynamic compassion of work requirements in a growing economy;

Removing structural inpediments such as over-regulation of start-up enterprises

Removing excessive licensing requirements;

Removing needless restriction on formation of schools and day-care centers;

Removing restrictions on providing public services in fields like transport and sanitation;

We have poverty programs that actually reduce poverty and increase the personal independence of its participants.
Remove the federal government as a partner in education. Supporting a constitutional amendment to protect parents’ from interference by states, the federal government, or international bodies such as the United Nations. We restore parents’ right to be the first and primary educators of the children.
Make the Bible an indispensable development tool. Encouraging state legislation to offer the Bible in a literature curriculum as an elective in America’s high schools; We have an educated citizenry.
Allow flexibility to school administrators to  innovate. Urging school districts to make use of teaching talent in the business community, STEM fields, and the military;

Protecting teachers against frivolous lawsuits;

Allowing reasonable actions to maintain discipline and order;

Replacing rigid tenure systems with merit-based approach;

Background checking all personnel who interact with school children.

We attract the best talent to the classroom.
Provide every child with equal access and opportunity. Encouraging instructions in Amrican history and civics by using the original documents of our founding fathers;

Making technology a key element in education;

We have a world-class system of education.  



Provide choices in education. Supporting innovative financing mechanisms such as eduction saving accounts, vouchers, and tuition tax credits;

Allowing Title I and IDEA funds follow the child to whatever school the family thinks will work best;

Repealing federal regulations which interfere with state and local control of public schools;

Advancing the concept of block grants;

We have educational options.
Provide choices in education. Supporting English First approach;

Opposing divisive programs that limit students’ ability to advance in American society;

All students have access to the mainstream of American life..
Provide choices in education. Replacing “family planning” programs with abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior;

Opposing school-based clinic  that provide referral or counseling for abortion and contraception;

Defunding mandatory or universal mental health,, psychiatric or socio-emotional screening programs;


Federal funds are not used
Eliminate the opportunity gaps. Advocating for labor and public assistance laws that ensure poor parents can spend time with their children;

Raising household incomes in poor communities;

Ensuring children have health care, style housing;

Ensuring children have a community free of violence

We minimize cognitive delays
Support the original, authentic meaning of Title IX.  

Saluting states that filed suit against the use of Title IX;

The edict concerning restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities is declared illegal, dangerous, and ignores privacy issues.
Support the original, authentic meaning of Title IX. Halting the way colleges and universities deal with allegations of sexual abuse and assault; We prevent don’t prevent the proper authorities from investigating and prosecuting sexual assault effectively with due process.
Improve Higher Education. Calling on state officials to preserve our public colleges, universities, and trade schools as places of learning and the exchange of ideas;

Condemning campus-based Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaigns against Israel;

Ending “safe zones”

Protect students 1st Amendment rights
Address college costs. Giving students access to financing options, and private sector participation in financing; The federal government is not in the business of originating student loans.
Address college costs. Decoupling accreditation from federal financing;

Empowering states to allow a wide array of accrediting and credentialing bodies to operate;

We encourage new modes of higher education delivery to enter the market.
Restore patient control and preserve quality in health care. Repealing ACA;

Reducing mandates and increasing healthcare options;

Proposing a block grant for Medicaid;

Returning regulation to the states;

We contain costs and increase options.
Restore patient control and preserve quality in health care. Promoting price transparency Patients know the cost of treatments before they agree to them.
Restore patient control and preserve quality in health care. Repealing the 1945 McCarran-Ferguson Act We no longer protect  insurance companies from anti-trust litigation.
Give our aging population access to safe and affordable care.


Making homeware a priority in public policy;

Implementing programs to protect against elder abuse.

Seniors can age at home.
Protect individual conscience in healthcare. Urging enactment of legislation that requires parental consent for their daughter to be transported across stage lines for abortion;

Codifying the Hyde Amendment;

calling for a permanent ban on federal funding and subsidies for abortion and healthcare plans that include abortion coverage;

Healthcare professionals are not forced to choose between following their faith and practicing their profession.
Support tort reform. supporting state and federal legislation to cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits; We address a serious cause of higher medical bills.
Advance research and development in healthcare. Expanding support for the stem cell research through adult stem cells, umbilical cord blood, and cells reprogrammed into pluripotent stem cells;

Banning human cloning for research or reproduction;

Banning the creation of, or experimentation on, human embryos for research;

Applauding the ban on FDA approval of research involving three-parent embryos;

Cutting federal and state funding for entities that endanger women’s health by performing abortions in a manner inconsistent with federal or state laws;

We continue to marry significant investment, both public and private, with the world’s best talent.
Reform the FDA. Urging Congress to pass federal legislation to give all Americans with terminal illnesses the right to try investigational medicines not yet approved by the FDA. We restore the FDA to a premier scientific health agency, focused on promoting and protection the public health and ensuring americans live longer, healthier lives.

The United States remains the world leader in life sciences and medical innovation;

Millions of high-paying, cutting-edge device and drug jobs stay in the US.

US patients benefit first and most from new devices and drugs.

The FDA no longer wastes US taxpayer and innovators’ resources through bureaucratic red tape and legal uncertainty.

Including the disabled in the Small Business Administran’s 8(a) certification program, which opens up federal contracting for emerging businesses;

Restructuring the tax code to consider ways companies can benefit from the talent and energy of disabled employees.

The disabled have access to education and the tools necessary to compete in the mainstream of society.
Advance Americans with disabilities Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act; Students with disabilities have increased access to the general curriculum.
Advance Americans with disabilities Modernizing the Fair Labor Standards Act with the Transition to Integrated and Meaningful Employment Act;

Mininmizing the separation of children with disabilities from their peers;

Endorsing efforts like Employment First;

We encrourage ompetitive employment for the disabled.

We replace dependency with jobs in the mainstream of the American workforce.

Advance Americans with disabilities Urging DEA to restore its ban on the use of controlled substances for physician-assisted suicide;

Opposing the non-consensual withholding of care or treatment from people with disabilities, including newborns, the elderly, and infirm;

Opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide;

We protect those on the margins of society.
ensuring the immediate dismissal and prosecution of any Department of Justice official who has violated their oath of office; End the current conduct of the DOJ which includes refusal to enforce laws, stonewalling congressional committees, destroying evidence, reckless dealing with firearms, defying a citation for contempt, urging leniency for rioters while turning a blind eye to mob attacks on peaceful citizen exercising their political rights.
Reform the Criminal Justice and Prison system. Making clear in words and actions that every human life matters;

Requiring the President to adhere to the rule of law;

The public’s trust in law enforcement and civil order is restored.
Ensure safe neighborhoods. Urging caution in the creation of new “crimes”;

Creating a bipartisan presidential commission to purge the Code and the body of regulations of old “crimes.”

Urging Congress to codify the Common Law’s Rule of Lenity;

Career civil servants and political appointees cannot criminalize behavior through regulations.

We have fewer crimes.

Ensure safe neighborhoods. Emphasizing restorative justice;

Encouraging states to offer opportunities for literacy and vocational education;

We make the victims of crime whole and put the offenders on the right path.
Ensure safe neighborhoods. Condemning the Supreme Court’s erosion of the right of the people to enact capitol punishment in their states.

Enacting mandatory prison time for all assaults involving serious injury to law enforcement officers;

Targeting particular categories of crime, such as nonviolent offenders and persons with drug, alcohol, or mental health issues,  for any modification of mandatory sentences

The federal courts are a model for the rest of the country in protecting the rights of victims and their families.
Ensure safe neighborhoods. Encouraging states to fight internet pornography and its harmful effects;

Urging energetic prosecution of child pornography, which is lclosely linked to human tafficking.

The internet is a not a safe haven for predators.  



Combat Drug Abuse Ensuring no physician is penalized for limiting opioid prescriptions;

Passing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

We address the opioid epidemic.


Wow! I gotta say, that really helped me get a feel for what each party hopes to achieve and why.  Neither party did much to tell me any concrete dollars saved or spent.  Of course, it’s not easy to compare the two Platforms. They don’t use the same style or organization.  But, I gave it my best shot.The last thing I’ll compare is Global Warming and the Environment.


What do you think?  Is this eye-opening, or just tedium?