Brief #41–Healthcare

Policy Summary
Trump’s healthcare policy is largely built upon destroying the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and throughout the last year, he has continually attempted to destroy it brick by brick. From two other briefs reporting on this, we’ve seen that the strategy has shifted from the attempted legislation to wholly restructure and destroy the ACA. The latest attack comes by way of a decision to put a $10 billion risk adjustment program on hold in order to supposedly hold up a court decision. The risk adjustment program takes money from healthier customers in the ACA marketplace and redistributes it to the sicker customers so that there is an even spread of premium cost. This creates a stability for the market that without can make the insurance market more uncertain for the sick people that are the most vulnerable to changes. LEARN MORE

Policy Analysis
This policy comes on the back end of many Trump Administration strategies to debilitate ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare. The difference with this policy is that it could hike up insurance costs much more quickly, and right before midterm elections. This also comes after the market was beginning to even out after a couple years of financial and political uncertainty. Ultimately, all these attacks are leading to higher healthcare costs for people. This comes at an incredibly high cost to the sickest in the US, and will affect them the most. This policy comes with a slew of other healthcare policies that are debilitating American’s access to adequate healthcare. From the sheer cost of reuniting migrant children and parentstaking away from healthcare funds, to the abolishment of the individual mandate, health care costs are getting ever more expensive for Americans. There is one group who seeks to profit off of the sick, and that is the healthcare consultants. We’re forced to question the real constituents of Trump’s health care policies—his blue-collar worker base or the white collar criminals of the billionaire class? LEARN MORE

Resistance Resources
American Physicians Association (APHA)– Donate to this national physicians group dedicated to protecting and advocating for the ACA, read their materials on why the ACA is important.

As always, contact your state’s elected officials and voice your concerns or support.  Regularly check social media to see how you can get involved in local protests and rallies.

This brief was compiled by Sophia Adams. If you have comments or want to add the name of your organization to this brief, please contact

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