Comparing the Parties’ Platforms

By Max Resnik

September 12, 2012 Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The election is 55 days away, the conventions are in the rear view mirror and both parties' platforms are set.

In an effort to compare positions on the platforms, Indiana’s NewsCenter briefly summarizes five planks that could be at the forefront of voters’ minds in the Northeast Indiana area come November.

On Health care:

Democrats are in favor of furthering the reforms to the medical industry brought about with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Democrats want to see continued expansion of the program including advancements in preventive care as a way stave off long-term health care costs.

Republicans are long opposed to the Affordable Care Act. They would like to see the controversial legislation repealed and eventually replaced with their version of healthcare reforms. The sticking point for Republicans is the mandate on insurance for all citizens.

On the Economy:

Democrats favor tax cuts for the middle and lower classes while also favoring a rise in taxes for the country’s wealthiest citizens. Democrats also argue that the Affordable Care Act will help to improve the economy by bringing down long-term health care costs. They also support providing tax credits to companies that hire veterans.

Republicans do not believe the budget can be balanced by raising taxes and are opposed to any measure that would raise taxes on any class. They also support providing more tax breaks to corporations and reducing regulations. Republicans also advocate for significant cuts in spending and the restructuring of key benefits programs like Medicare.

On Guns:

Democrats are in favor of reinstalling the assault weapons ban, believe in having a conversation about gun control and believe guns are subject to reasonable regulation.

Republicans are opposed to the assault weapons ban, believe in a right to obtain and store ammunition without registration and oppose limitations on guns.

On Marriage:

Democrats recognize same-sex couples and support same-sex marriage.

Republicans define marriage as between a man and a woman and oppose same-sex marriage.

On Abortion:

Democrats believe in a woman’s choice and oppose limitations on abortions.

Republicans believe in banning abortions and oppose exceptions.

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