With the elction getting closer, CNN is going in depth to give you the facts on key issues in the race.
This morning, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a look at how the two candidates measure up when it comes to healthcare.
Thank you, Dr Gupta for your briefing on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on Medicare/Medicaid. Something many don't seem to realize is the impact of Medicaid – and potential cuts – on the middle class. The Alzheimer's experts tell us that as baby boomers age, we are seeing an increase in the disease – a disease which has no cure nor effective treatment. As the disease advances, the elderly end up in nursing homes. The cost of a nursing home is such that only the wealthy can afford it without financial assistance. For most, that assistance will be Medicaid – not Medicare. The Alzheimer's experts tell us they fear that the cost of Alzheimer's may bankrupt our health care system. I worry how the Middle Class will care for its parents in nursing homes if Medicaid is cut. Its a frightening, complex issue that I fear many don't understand until faced with it.
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