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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