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Donald Trump Provides Details of Health Care Policies

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The transition team of President-elect Donald Trump has released an outline of his health care proposals with details of his intention to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Saying Obamacare resulted in “rapidly rising premiums and deductibles” and was “not a success,” the Trump plan released Thursday would include Health Savings Accounts and would give states flexibility for how they spend dollars on Medicaid, the government program that covers low-income people. It also would allow people to buy health insurance across state lines and allow states to establish high-risk pools.

“The administration’s goal will be to create a patient-centered health care system that promotes choice, quality and affordability with health insurance and health care, and take any needed action to alleviate the burdens imposed on American families and businesses by the law,” according to the plan.

Republicans have been grappling with how to replace Obamacare, a law that extended health insurance to 21 million people and drove the rate of uninsured to a historic low. Though more Americans say they oppose the law than support it, data also show that people find certain provisions of the law favorable, including mandating health insurance companies cover people with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on a parent’s plan until age 26.

“The administration recognizes that the problems with the U.S. health care system did not begin with – and will not end with – the ACA,” the site read.

 The proposals on the website have been previously articulated by Republicans, and the posts included other conservative policies on issues like abortion. The post said new administration will “protect individual conscience in health care” and “protect innocent human life from conception to natural death, including the most defenseless and those Americans with disabilities.”
Andrew Bremberg, who worked at the Department of Health and Human Services under former President George W. Bush, will be leading the transition effort for the agency under Trump’s administration.

Others on the health care transition team include Paula Stannard, a lawyer at Alston & Bird who has also worked at the Department of Health and Human Services; Ado Machida, who advised former Vice President Dick Cheney; and Carlos Diaz-Rosillo, a lecturer at Harvard University.

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