Bill Weld

Republican Candidate Bill Weld during a campaign event
Republican Presidential Candidate Bill Weld during a campaign event. Courtesy of Weld’s campaign website

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld is running as an alternative to re-electing President Trump for the Republican party after an unsuccessful 2016 bid as vice president to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. In health care, Weld intends to preserve what he sees as functioning pieces of the system, including private insurance and the Affordable Care Act, while deregulating and simplifying the hospital systems and pharmaceutical industry to allegedly decrease costs.

Of the $1,318,599 that Weld raised so far in the 2020 elections:

  • $15,105 has been linked to the Health sector
  • $7,870 has been linked to health professionals
  • $5,850 has been linked to pharmaceuticals/health products

[Source: OpenSecrets]

His Record

As Governor of Massachusetts, Weld successfully requested more federal funding for Medicaid and relaxed qualifications before the expansion hit the states. 

From His Website

“We need to slow the rise of health care prices caused by our third-party payer model. We can do this without a full-on assault on the insurance industry and without socialized health care. What we need is to make patients the customer again, wherever possible.”