Forbes (business magazine):
“The election of Donald Trump, along with continued Republican majorities in the House and Senate, will likely result in major cuts in federal programs that benefit older adults and younger people with disabilities. … [B]ased on what Trump promised in the campaign, older adults, younger people with disabilities, and their families should prepare themselves for a very different world.” [source]
“Disability Rights Advocates Are Terrified Of A Donald Trump White House“ is a good, broad article about what concerns disability advocates about Trump's positions on specific disability issues and safety net and public safety issues of special concern for people with disabilities, noting that “People with disabilities and their family members are deeply afraid of what a Donald Trump presidency has in store for them ― and they are already gearing up to resist harmful policy changes.“ [source]
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. 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 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.
To maximize choice and create a dynamic market for health insurance, the Administration will work with Congress to enable people to purchase insurance across state lines. The Administration also will work with both Congress and the States to re-establish high-risk pools – 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 Administration 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. With the assistance of Congress and working with the States, as appropriate, the Administration will act to:
- 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, 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 healthcare to our low-income citizens
WHAT THIS MEANS:
Trump has backed off promises not to cut Medicaid or Medicare. He no longer talks about drug prices being too high. He is in step with longstanding Republican plans to cut spending and rights, raise the enrollment age for Medicare, and turn over health care decisions to state governments, including those which have made deaths due to lack of health care a routine occurrence. He promises to protect people with disabilities in this reform process but Republican plans would come nowhere near doing so. To decipher some of the coded language from the greatagain.gov website, go here.