First issue I picked is to compare the Democrats and Republicans views on immigration. Republicans ae very cautious of their opinions when it comes to immigration. They believe that immigration and refugee policies is putting America and Americans in danger. They plan to implement strong migration laws, secure the borders, and be more thorough when screening immigrants from other countries entering the U.S. Their main priority is to place those immigrants coming from terrorist countries or regions associated with Islamic terrorism. Example of such countries include Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. On the other hand, Democrats have a laid-back view on immigration. Democrats agree with the “DREAMers Act” and “DACA” which has helped immigrants receive a temporary status that allows them to study, work, pay taxes, and contribute to the communities. Democrats understand that immigration is not a simple problem to fix, as it is part of American history and economy and so, it should be treated in a more humane way that is consistent with our values as human beings. In conclusion, these two parties have very different views regarding immigration laws; Republicans have a stricter view on immigrants entering the country. Republicans want President Trump’s call for a wall along the U.S-Mexican border and the possible deportation of all 11 million undocumented immigrants. The democrats are a little more passive. Democrats calls for fixing the broken immigration system which would provide citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants. The overall message between the two parties is that they both agree that the immigration system is broken and needs to be fix one way or the other.
The second issue that both party platforms have different views on regards healthcare. Republicans are calling for a traditional patient-physician relationship that consist of mutual trust, and patient confidentiality. They want to incorporate cost and increase healthcare options. Healthcare benefits should be based on insurance, but republicans would like to expand the coverage to the uninsured. Republicans want to make to make sure the competition in healthcare promoting price is clean and promotes transparency for costumers to know the prices of their treatment before agreeing to them. Contrarily, democrats believe that healthcare is a right and not a privilege and so everyone is obliged to have a healthcare plan. Today healthcare cost is way too high for most American families to afford even those with insurance. Democrats aims to hold the cost of insurance down, so it is more affordable for low income families and they plan to do that by capping prescription drugs cost, reducing out of pocket expense, and fighting against insurers trying to impose excessive premium increases. The Democratic platform have the Affordable Care Act which have given 20 million Americans have gained health care coverage and the uninsured rate has been cut almost in half, but the Republican platform opposes the Obamacare Act and is committed to repealing and replacing it with a health care system that puts patients and doctors in charge of their healthcare selections. Both parties are aware of the high cost of healthcare and insurances and both aim to reduce their cost. The stance between the two is that the Democrats want healthcare to be cheap and available for everybody meanwhile the Republicans want to promote insurance as the only way to receive healthcare.
Lastly, both parties have different views when it comes to gun control laws. A major discord that is at the climax in the American government is gun control laws between Republicans and Democrats. The Republicans do not support gun control laws. Democrats approve strict gun control laws due to the recent shootings that have taken place because of people bearing concealed weapons on them. Republicans argue that if the nation was attacked by terrorists, they need to have weapons to defend themselves. They stand by the Second Amendment which is “the right to bear arms”. Not to get confused, the Democratic Party recognizes citizen’s rights to bear arms, but it believes that Second Amendment should have some regulations as upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States. Many people see the Democratic and Republican parties as always opposing and contrasting each other’s point of view, but they are similar in some respects. For example, one area where the Democratic and Republican platforms have a common ground in respect to gun control is the concern of mental health. They both concur that guns should not be sold to people with mental illness and a tough background check should be carried out before they can purchase a gun. The overall message here is that even at loggerheads, both parties have ideas that are helpful towards improving the nation when it comes to gun control laws.