Health Care: Repeal, Replace, and Sabotage

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have tried (and thus far failed) to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — even as the president has repeatedly vowed to let the health-care system "explode." The American people have a right to know what secret deals the Trump administration has made with Congress regarding health care and whether the president or other officials are planning to sabotage the health insurance marketplace.

Background

Overhauling the health-care system could affect up to one-sixth of the American economy — and yet the White House and congressional leaders have repeatedly rushed ahead to try to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, often without waiting to determine the cost or impact of their proposals.

From the start of the Trump administration’s health-care reform push in March 2017, the process was marked by secrecy, backroom dealmaking, and conflicting statements from the White House and Congress about what bills would actually do.

At the same time, Trump threatened to allow the Affordable Care Act to fail. The administration has already canceled advertising that would have helped encourage people to sign up for insurance coverage and the White House raised the possibility of withholding mandatory payments to health insurers, temporarily doing so in July 2018.

Updates

New Documents: Calendars of HHS Officials Involved in Reversing Health Care Nondiscrimination Protections

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Trump has seemingly failed to learn that no amount of political spin can minimize his administration’s mismanaged pandemic response.

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April 10, 2020
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