Donald Trump Issues Health Care Mission Statement

President-elect promises to scrap Affordable Care Act, reform FDA

President-elect Donald J. Trump has released a list of health care objectives that his administration will tackle once he takes office. The list includes promises to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to reform the FDA.

“It is clear to any objective observer that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has resulted in rapidly rising premiums and deductibles, narrow networks, and health insurance, has not been a success,” the statement reads. “A Trump Administration will work with Congress to repeal the ACA and replace it with a solution that includes Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and returns the historic role in regulating health insurance to the States.” 

The statement goes on to say that Trump’s administration will work with Congress to help people purchase insurance across state lines. His administration also will work with both Congress and the states to re-establish high-risk pools, which the statement calls “a proven approach to ensuring access to health insurance coverage for individuals who have significant medical expenses and who have not maintained continuous coverage.”

According to the statement, the president-elect recognizes that the problems with the U.S. health care system “did not begin with––and will not end with the repeal of––the ACA.” Therefore, the statement says, his administration will act to:

·         Protect individual conscience in health care

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

·         Advance research and development in health care

·         Reform the FDA 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 with the coming retirement of the Baby Boom generation and beyond

·         Maximize flexibility for states in administering Medicaid to enable states to experiment with innovative methods to deliver health care to low-income citizens

Source: Donald J. Trump; November 10, 2016.