The talk is over, and tomorrow, voters are taking to the polls across the nation to make their presidential picks. For young voters, a lot of big issues are on the line, including a few, such as health care and the national debt, which will impact their generation more than any other.
We already gave you a look at where President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney stand on paying off college debt, gay marriage and reproductive rights, so here are a few more issues that might help the 45 million young voters (ages 18 to 29) make their choice:
Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as the first bill of his administration, aimed at helping women fight pay discrimination. If one of the older justices on the Supreme Court retires, the president would almost certainly nominate a justice that would protect the landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade.
Romney has vowed to repeal the health care laws that require employers to cover birth control for female employees and eliminate copays for birth control. He thinks organizations providing health care for their employees shouldn’t have to pay for what they don’t believe in.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) was constitutional. The act ensures that you get to stay on your parents’ health insurance until you’re 26 years old. It also says you can’t be penalized for pre-existing conditions and don’t have to pay a copay for birth control. This is all, of course, as long as you get insurance, which the government will help facilitate financially; otherwise, you pay a penalty.
Romney has vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as he gets elected. He’s expressed interest in maintaining some provisions of the law, though he has not expressed which ones, pledging that pre-existing conditions will still be covered under his new plan. His plan focuses on states setting up their own versions of health care acts that would be overseen at a state, not federal level.
Foreign Policy and National Security
Under Obama, the U.S. has ended the war in Iraq and slowly decreased its presence in Afghanistan, where they’re expected to end combat operations at the end of 2014. Serious challenges remain in a corruption-riddled Afghanistan, particularly in the violence-stricken southern region of Kandahar.
In killing Osama Bin Laden and assassinating many Al Qaeda leaders through controversial drone strikes, Obama “has refocused George Bush’s ‘war on terror’ more squarely on terrorists,” as The Economist noted in its final evaluation of the candidates.
In the third presidential debate, it was difficult to discern significant differences in the two candidates’ view on foreign policy. Both have publicly advocated a pragmatic and conflict-averse approach to Egypt and Syria. Romney has vowed to take a more aggressive approach with China and Iran. He’s labeled China as a currency manipulator. He’s also indicated he’d be more willing to support military conflict in Iran, alongside Israel.
With the election one day away, stick with MTV’s Power of 12 throughout Tuesday’s voting for results, analysis and reports from Chicago, Boston and New York on election night.
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