Donald Trump posts new 310-word plan for health reform

The President-elect doesn’t share how his administration will actually repeal Obama’s legacy, but his plan includes Health Savings Accounts, hints about abortion laws and FDA reforms, among other points.
By Jessica Davis
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President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday hinted at some of his intentions for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Photo: Gage Skidmore. 

President-elect Donald Trump released his brief, 309-word healthcare plan yesterday on the transition website.

In it, he damns the Affordable Care Act and promises to repeal it - one of his largest campaign promises.

The plan provides few details as to how Trump will go about repealing the ACA, except that the plan will include:

  • The use of Health Savings Accounts and allows states to regulate health insurance
  • The ability to purchase insurance across state lines
  • The re-establishment of high-risk pools, which Trump said will ensure access to insurance for those with significant medical expenses and haven’t maintained continuous coverage
  • Protection of ‘innocent human life from conception to natural death,’ disabled Americans and ‘individual conscience' in healthcare
  • Advanced healthcare research and development
  • FDA reforms that will refocus on patients and the need for better medical products
  • Medicare modernization
  • And maximization of Medicaid flexibility on the state-level, which will allow ‘States to experiment with innovative methods to deliver healthcare to our low-income citizens.'

“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. The Administration recognizes that the problems with the U.S. healthcare system did not begin with - and will not end with the repeal of - the ACA,” the plan said. “The Administration’s goal will be to create a patient-centered healthcare system that promotes choice, quality and affordability with health insurance and healthcare. And take any needed action to alleviate the burdens imposed on American families and businesses by the law.”


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