20 Things You Need to Know About Donald Trump’s Plans for Healthcare

Hello world! Welcome to the first few weeks after America elected Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States. Are you still stressed/confused/planning to move/scheduling an appointment to get an IUD before it’s too late? Me too!

In a world upset, the candidate so many of us were sure would come in second came in first, and now we’re facing a reality in which the Executive, the Legislative, and most likely the Judicial branches of government will all lean conservatively.

In the past decade or so, we’ve made tremendous steps in the direction of liberalism with legalizing gay marriage and making healthcare affordable (ish?) and accessible to all. Thanks, Obama! But now what?

President Obama’s landmark achievement was the creation and enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA made it illegal for insurance companies to exclude individuals with pre-existing conditions, made preventive health care free with insurance, and expanded Medicaid so millions of individuals (typically young people without children and with lower incomes) could finally access affordable coverage. There were dozens of other provisions, but I think those are the main components that made the law so valuable to so many.

During the campaign, Donald Trump vowed to repeal the healthcare law, making millions of Americans who recently secured health insurance very nervous. Here are 20 things you need to know about Donald Trump’s plans for health care…

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Donald Trump ran, and won, on a campaign of repealing Obamacare

During his campaign, President Elect Donald Trump ran as the Republican nominee, on a platform of critiquing the Democratic leadership we’ve lived under for the past eight years. As such, one of his main promises was to repeal “Obamacare,” also known as the Affordable Care Act, which was signed in to law in 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012.

His complaints against the law include “runaway costs” and “websites that don’t work.”

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His campaign website laid out a plan for repealing Obamacare

Sort of — which is more than the Republicans who ceaselessly attacked the law had done before. Detailed plans on his ideas for what to do instead of Obamacare can be found on Trump’s website.

During the debates, and on the campaign trail, it was difficult to discern concrete plans between back and forth character attacks that left no time for policy discussions. The bullet points are vague, but follow suit with the Republican candidates Donald Trump ran against in the primaries.

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