Trump Posts Preliminary Plan to Repeal ACA

Megan Brooks

November 11, 2016

Reiterating what he said on the campaign trail, in a new post on his 'Great Again' website, President-elect Donald J. Trump said he will work with Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), replace it with a solution that includes health savings accounts, and return the role of regulating health insurance to the states.

"It is clear to any objective observer that the ACA, which has resulted in rapidly rising premiums and deductibles, narrow networks, and health insurance, has not been a success," according to a November 10 post on the president-elect's "Great Again" website.

The goal of the Trump Administration will be to create a patient-centered healthcare system that promotes choice, quality, and affordability with health insurance and healthcare and that takes any action needed to alleviate the burdens imposed on American families and businesses by the law, the document says.

"To maximize choice and create a dynamic market for health insurance," the Trump Administration plans to work with Congress to allow Americans to purchase insurance across state lines. The Administration also will work with both Congress and the states to reestablish high-risk pools, which President-elect Trump says is a "proven approach to ensuring access to health insurance coverage for individuals who have significant medical expenses and who have not maintained continuous coverage."

The problems with the US healthcare system did not begin with and will not end with the repeal of the ACA, the document states. Therefore, with the help of Congress and by working with the states, the Trump Administration pledges to do the following:

  • Protect individual conscience in healthcare;

  • Protect innocent human life from conception to natural death, including the most defenseless and those Americans with disabilities;

  • Advance research and development in healthcare;

  • Reform the Food and Drug Administration so as to put greater focus on the need of patients for new and innovative medical products;

  • Modernize Medicare so that it will be ready for the challenges posed by the coming retirement of the Baby Boom generation;

  • Maximize flexibility for states in administering Medicaid to enable states to experiment with innovative methods to deliver healthcare to low-income citizens.

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